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Knox, Kerry J.; Gillis, Elizabeth A. L.; Dake, Gregory R. – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2019
Demands are placed on undergraduate courses in chemistry to develop transferable skills, such as teamwork, alongside subject content and technical skills. Such skills can be developed by implementing pedagogies which involve students working together. Such pedagogies can, however, pose various challenges, including unfavourable student perceptions…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Student Experience, Cooperative Learning, College Science
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Bongers, Amanda; Northoff, Georg; Flynn, Alison B. – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2019
Creating and using models are essential skills in chemistry. Novices and experts alike rely on conceptual models to build their own personal mental models for predicting and explaining molecular processes. There is evidence that chemistry students lack rich mental models of the molecular level; their mental models of reaction mechanisms have often…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Schemata (Cognition), Teaching Methods, Scientific Concepts
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Skagen, Darlene; McCollum, Brett; Morsch, Layne; Shokoples, Brandon – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2018
The use of online collaborative assignments (OCAs) between two flipped organic chemistry classrooms, one in Canada and the other in the United States, was examined for impact on learners. The intervention was designed to support content mastery, aid in increasing students' communication skills through chemistry drawing and verbalization,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Organic Chemistry, Science Instruction, Intervention
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Flynn, Alison B.; Featherstone, Ryan B. – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2017
This study investigated students' successes, strategies, and common errors in their answers to questions that involved the electron-pushing (curved arrow) formalism (EPF), part of organic chemistry's language. We analyzed students' answers to two question types on midterms and final exams: (1) draw the electron-pushing arrows of a reaction step,…
Descriptors: Organic Chemistry, Error Patterns, Science Tests, Test Items
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Thomas, Gregory P. – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2017
Concerns persist regarding high school students' chemistry learning. Learning chemistry is challenging because of chemistry's innate complexity and the need for students to construct associations between different, yet related representations of matter and its changes. Students should be taught to reason about and consider chemical phenomena using…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Chemistry, Metacognition, Language Usage
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Bodé, Nicholas E.; Caron, Jeanette; Flynn, Alison B. – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2016
Skill in organic chemistry nomenclature is fundamental for communicating more complex concepts. Interpreting and using functional group names is particularly important. With nomenclature101.com, students can create tailored interactive quizzes according to their learning needs; the tool is free and available in English and French. The present…
Descriptors: Student Evaluation, Achievement Gains, Organic Chemistry, Intermode Differences
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Flynn, Alison B. – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2015
Organic chemistry is a traditionally difficult subject with high failure & withdrawal rates and many areas of conceptual difficulty for students. To promote student learning and success, four undergraduate organic chemistry and spectroscopy courses at the first to third year level (17-420 students) were "flipped" in 2013-2014. In the…
Descriptors: Spectroscopy, Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Course Evaluation
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Lewthwaite, Brian; Doyle, Tanya; Owen, Thomas – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2014
This paper examines teachers' experiences in responding to a new Chemistry curriculum in the province of Manitoba in Canada informed by a "tetrahedral" orientation (Mahaffy, 2005) as a pedagogical framework for the teaching of Chemistry. This tetrahedral orientation endorses macroscopic, microscopic, symbolic and human element teaching…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Chemistry, Science Education, Science Curriculum
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Lewthwaite, Brian – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2014
This study explores teachers' thinking about practical work, especially in regards to the types of practical work they privilege in their teaching of chemistry to support students in their learning. It seeks to investigate the view that practical work, especially the type of practical work selected, is "unthinkingly" and…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Faculty Development, Secondary School Curriculum, Curriculum Implementation
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Flynn, Alison B. – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2014
Organic chemistry has the long-standing reputation as a challenging course, and organic synthesis is an aspect of organic chemistry that requires students to make the most links between concepts and requires the highest order of thinking. One-on-one interviews were conducted with students from a second undergraduate organic chemistry course in…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Organic Chemistry, Problem Solving, Protocol Analysis
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Clifton, Rodney A.; Baldwin, W. George; Wei, Yichun – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2012
In the 1998-99 academic year, the Department of Chemistry at the University of Manitoba reorganized its first-year course to include two types of sections: "regular sections" for students with high school chemistry grades above 70%, and "developmental sections" for students with grades between 50 and 70%. The regular sections…
Descriptors: Grades (Scholastic), Chemistry, Foreign Countries, Universities