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Upahi, Johnson Enero; Ramnarain, Umesh – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2019
The difficulties encountered by students in learning chemistry range from human factors to the intrinsic nature of chemistry. To enhance students' understanding of chemistry, there is a wide consensus within the community of chemistry educators on the importance of and need to integrate different levels of representations in chemistry teaching and…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Science Instruction, Secondary School Science, Textbooks
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Rodriguez, Jon-Marc G.; Bain, Kinsey; Hux, Nicholas P.; Towns, Marcy H. – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2019
Problem solving is a critical feature of highly quantitative physical science topics, such as chemical kinetics. In order to solve a problem, students must cue into relevant features, ignore irrelevant features, and choose among potential problem-solving approaches. However, what is considered appropriate or productive for problem solving is…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Problem Solving, Chemistry, Kinetics
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Hill, Michelle A.; Overton, Tina L.; Thompson, Christopher D.; Kitson, Russell R. A.; Coppo, Paolo – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2019
Employers of chemistry graduates are seeking a range of transferable skills from prospective employees, and academics are increasingly seeking to build employability skill development opportunities into the undergraduate curriculum. However, research suggests that undergraduates do not recognise or value such skill development without prompting.…
Descriptors: Chemistry, College Science, Undergraduate Students, Science Process Skills
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Lutter, Jacob C.; Hale, Lillian V. A.; Shultz, Ginger V. – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2019
Graduate students play a critical role in undergraduate education at doctoral-granting institutions and yet their training is often brief and overgeneralized. Little is known about how they develop knowledge for teaching chemistry in this context. To further understand how graduate students develop knowledge for teaching, we used a questionnaire…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Undergraduate Study, College Science, Chemistry
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Neill, Connor; Cotner, Sehoya; Driessen, Michelle; Ballen, Cissy J. – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2019
It is critical that we understand and address features of learning environments that encumber students historically underrepresented in STEM fields. Here we consider social elements of group work that can either support or impede learning. We tracked gender-bias in student--teaching assistant (TA) interactions in 184 small groups across 27…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Gender Bias, Teaching Assistants, Teacher Student Relationship
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Hennah, Naomi – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2019
The present paper reports upon the design and implementation of a novel practical work pedagogy that is shown to increase students' retention of practical procedures. The chemistry exams, for 15 to 16-year olds in England, will be assessed entirely through terminal examination questions from 2018. Longer term retention of learning is critical if…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Secondary School Science, Foreign Countries, Science Process Skills
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Rusek, Martin; Vojír, Karel – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2019
This paper focuses on the procedure and results for analyzing text-difficulty in lower-secondary chemistry textbooks in the Czech Republic. The authors use established methodology for text-difficulty analysis by Nestler, adapted by Prucha and Pluskal by adding a second independent analyser to improve reliability. Some textbooks do not follow the…
Descriptors: Textbooks, Secondary School Science, Difficulty Level, Chemistry
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Moreira, Patricia; Marzabal, Ainoa; Talanquer, Vicente – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2019
The central goal of this research study was to characterise the different types of reasoning manifested by high school chemistry students when building initial written explanations of a natural phenomenon. In particular, our study participants were asked to explain why a mixture of water and alcohol works as an antifreeze. Data collected in the…
Descriptors: Logical Thinking, Chemistry, Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts
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Zheng, Changlong; Li, Langsen; He, Peng; Jia, Mengying – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2019
Although the content of science lessons has been analyzed from different perspectives by developing a set of codes (e.g., K. J. Roth, S. L. Druker, H. E. Garnier, M. Lemmens, C. Chen, T. Kawanaka, and R. Gallimore, (2006), Teaching science in five countries: results from the TIMSS 1999 video study, Washington, DC: National Center for Education…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Instruction, Coding, Teaching Methods
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Ye, Jianqiang; Lu, Shanshan; Bi, Hualin – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2019
This study uses graphs of conductivity measured by a microcomputer-based laboratory (MBL) to promote students' macro, micro, and symbolic representations when learning about net ionic reactions (NIR). A total of 54 students, aged 14-15 years old participated in this research, and were randomly divided into an experimental group (N = 27) and a…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Science Laboratories, Scientific Concepts, Concept Formation
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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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Lawrie, Gwendolyn A.; Schultz, Madeleine; Bailey, Chantal H.; Dargaville, Bronwin L. – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2019
Several common characteristics of the journey towards tertiary teaching expertise have been deduced through a detailed analysis of transcripts that originated from interviews conducted with ten recognised excellent tertiary chemistry teachers. The interviews were structured around Loughran's CoRe questions and yielded deep insights into the topic…
Descriptors: Chemistry, College Faculty, Science Teachers, Expertise
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Veiga, Nicolas; Luzardo, Florencia; Irving, Kenneth; Rodriguez-Ayan, Maria N.; Torres, Julia – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2019
As a fundamental part of their chemical education, first-year undergraduate students are substantially involved in laboratory activities. Despite the specific teaching staff choices on the main laboratory aims, students normally receive a vast amount of information during these activities. Apart from understanding theoretical content, fundamental…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Science Instruction, Laboratory Experiments, Foreign Countries
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Rodriguez, Jon-Marc G.; Bain, Kinsey; Towns, Marcy H.; Elmgren, Maja; Ho, Felix M. – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2019
Graphical representations are an important tool used to model abstract processes in fields such as chemistry. Successful interpretation of a graph involves a combination of mathematical expertise and discipline-specific content to reason about the relationship between the variables and to describe the phenomena represented. In this work, we…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Logic, Integrated Curriculum, Student Attitudes
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Lu, Shanshan; Bi, Hualin; Liu, Xiufeng – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2019
Students have various conceptions of electrolytes in learning chemistry. The aim of this study is to identify 10th grade students' understanding of the electrolyte concept by using a phenomenographic method. Eight students, whose abilities were at different levels, were selected and interviewed. The findings show that four distinctive categories…
Descriptors: Grade 10, High School Students, Comprehension, Scientific Concepts
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