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Lastusaari, Mika; Laakkonen, Eero; Murtonen, Mari – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2019
Changing majors or dropping out are of great concern to universities worldwide, but the role of learning approaches in terms of students' persistence has not been previously studied. Changing majors, especially in chemistry, is a severe problem in Finland. Here, learning approach data were collected with the ChemApproach questionnaire from 733…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Undergraduate Students, College Science, Chemistry
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Salonen, Anssi; Kärkkäinen, Sirpa; Keinonen, Tuula – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2018
The aim of this study was to investigate how career-related instruction implemented in secondary school chemistry education concerning water issues influences students' career awareness and their interest towards science learning. This case study is part of a larger design-based research study for the EU-MultiCO project, which focuses on promoting…
Descriptors: Science Education, Student Interests, Grade 8, Vocational Interests
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Kousa, P.; Kavonius, R.; Aksela, M. – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2018
The aims of this study were to determine low-achieving students' attitudes towards chemistry and how the attitudes differ within a low achieving group. The most preferred teaching methods were also defined. Empirical data (n = 2949) were collected by stratified sampling from fifteen-year-old Finnish lower-secondary school students as part of a…
Descriptors: Low Achievement, Student Attitudes, Chemistry, Science Instruction
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Joki, Jarkko; Aksela, Maija – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2018
Teaching chemical bonding using the octet rule as an explanatory principle is problematic in many ways. The aim of this case study is to understand the learning and teaching of chemical bonding using a research-informed teaching model in which chemical bonding is introduced as an electrostatic phenomenon. The study posed two main questions: (i)…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Scientific Concepts, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods
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Affeldt, Fiona; Tolppanen, Sakari; Aksela, Maija; Eilks, Ingo – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2017
Non-formal education has been suggested as becoming more and more important in the last decades. As the aims of non-formal education are broad and diverse, a large variety of non-formal learning activities is available. One of the emerging fields in many countries, among them Finland and Germany, has been the establishment of non-formal laboratory…
Descriptors: Informal Education, Scientific Literacy, Foreign Countries, Chemistry
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Lastusaari, Mika; Laakkonen, Eero; Murtonen, Mari – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2016
The theory of learning approaches has proven to be one of the most powerful theories explaining university students' learning. However, learning approaches are sensitive to the situation and the content of learning. Chemistry has its own specific features that should be considered when exploring chemistry students' learning habits, specifically…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Science Instruction, Cognitive Style, Learning Processes
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Partanen, Lauri – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2016
The aim of this study was to apply current pedagogical research in order to develop an effective course and exercise structure for a physical chemistry thermodynamics course intended for second or third year university students of chemistry. A mixed-method approach was used to measure the impact the changes had on student learning. In its final…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Thermodynamics, Science Instruction, Chemistry
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Joki, Jarkko; Lavonen, Jari; Juuti, Kalle; Aksela, Maija – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2015
The aim of this study was to design a novel and holistic way to teach chemical bonding at the middle school level according to research on the teaching and learning of bonding. A further aim was to investigate high achieving middle school students' conceptual structures concerning chemical bonding by using a systemic perspective. Students in one…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Middle School Students, Chemistry, Science Instruction
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Herranen, Jaana Kristiina; Vesterinen, Veli-Matti; Aksela, Maija Katariina – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2015
The aim of this study was to create an instrument to measure elementary teachers' interest in teaching chemistry. The interest in chemistry teaching instrument (ICTI) was created to measure both the affective and cognitive components of interest. After establishing the face and content validity of the instrument, the internal consistency of the…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Science Teachers, Science Instruction, Teacher Attitudes
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Juntunen, M. K.; Aksela, M. K. – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2014
The aim of the study discussed in this paper was to link existing research about the argumentation skills of students to the teaching of life-cycle analysis (LCA) in order to promote an evidence-based approach to the teaching of and learning about materials used in consumer products. This case-study is part of a larger design research project that…
Descriptors: Persuasive Discourse, Chemistry, Science Education, Case Studies
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Juntunen, M. K.; Aksela, M. K. – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2014
This article analyses Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in chemistry by reviewing existing challenges and future possibilities on the levels of the teacher and the student. Pedagogical frameworks that are found eligible in practice are reviewed. Lesson themes that are suitable for implementing socioscientific issues (SSI) related to ESD…
Descriptors: Sustainable Development, Chemistry, Models, Science Instruction
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Lastusaari, Mika; Murtonen, Mari – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2013
A questionnaire with 22 Likert type items was developed to collect cross-sectional data from university chemistry students of different study years (N = 118). The aim was to obtain information on their learning approaches as well as their study preferences. Students willing to change from their major subject to medical education represented a…
Descriptors: College Students, Chemistry, Science Instruction, College Science
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Aksela, Maija – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2010
A novel professional development curriculum model has been implemented for a chemistry teacher education programme. The aim of this five-year programme is to educate future chemistry teachers as lifelong learners and researchers, capable of following developments in both chemistry and its teaching, implementing up-to-date research findings in…
Descriptors: Teacher Education, Inquiry, Lifelong Learning, Chemistry
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Vesterinen, Veli-Matti; Aksela, Maija – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2009
To achieve sufficient pedagogical content knowledge on nature of chemistry related issues, teachers need structured opportunities for reflection and discussion. One way to provide those opportunities is through teacher-scientist interaction. This study is based on reflective essays of thirty prospective teachers who participated in a new course…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Criticism, Chemistry, Science Teachers
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Aksela, Maija; Lundell, Jan – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2008
Modern computer-based molecular modelling opens up new possibilities for chemistry teaching at different levels. This article presents a case study seeking insight into Finnish school teachers' use of computer-based molecular modelling in teaching chemistry, into the different working and teaching methods used, and their opinions about necessary…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Information Technology, Telecommunications, Computer Assisted Instruction