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George-Williams, Stephen R.; Karis, Dimitri; Ziebell, Angela L.; Kitson, Russell R. A.; Coppo, Paolo; Schmid, Siegbert; Thompson, Christopher D.; Overton, Tina L. – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2019
How students behave and learn in the teaching laboratory is a topic of great interest in chemical education, partly in order to justify the great expense of teaching laboratories. Much effort has been put into investigating how students think, feel and physically act in these unique learning environments. One such attempt was made through the…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Science Laboratories, Chemistry, Student Attitudes
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Spagnoli, Dino; Wong, Lawrence; Maisey, Shannan; Clemons, Tristan D. – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2017
Student feelings towards the laboratory component of an introductory chemistry unit were evaluated in an action research study, over a three-year period at the University of Western Australia. In 2013 we found that the percentage of students with negative feelings towards the laboratory increased over the duration of a semester. In 2014 we…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Student Attitudes, Scientific Attitudes, Negative Attitudes
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Wolfson, Adele J.; Rowland, Susan L.; Lawrie, Gwendolyn A.; Wright, Anthony H. – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2014
Students commencing studies in biochemistry must transfer and build on concepts they learned in chemistry and biology classes. It is well established, however, that students have difficulties in transferring critical concepts from general chemistry courses; one key concept is "energy." Most previous work on students' conception of energy…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts, Concept Formation, Energy