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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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Wheeler, Lindsay B.; Chiu, Jennifer L.; Maeng, Jennifer L.; Bell, Randy L. – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2019
Undergraduate science courses typically rely on teaching assistants (TAs) to teach introductory laboratory classes. However little research investigates how to support TAs to implement reform-based teaching in undergraduate settings, and in particular, what factors may influence TAs' motivation to teach within reform-based instructional contexts.…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Study, College Science, Science Instruction, Teaching Assistants
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DeCocq, Victoria; Bhattacharyya, Gautam – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2019
We report our qualitative study of twenty-four students enrolled in the second-semester of a second-year undergraduate (sophomore-level) organic chemistry course, Organic Two. We asked the research participants to propose the product and electron-pushing mechanism of elementary mechanistic steps in the absence and presence of the corresponding…
Descriptors: Organic Chemistry, Undergraduate Students, College Science, Teaching Methods
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Deng, Yang; Kelly, Gregory J.; Xiao, Lishi – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2019
This study examines scientific practices associated with scientific writing in organic chemistry in China. Although there is rapidly growing literature on the features and strategies of scientific writing, further research in this area is needed to recognize and treat scientific writing as a social endeavor to evaluate it in a more comprehensive…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Organic Chemistry, Science Instruction, Undergraduate Students
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Kararo, Alex T.; Colvin, Rachel A.; Cooper, Melanie M.; Underwood, Sonia M. – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2019
The relationship between chemical structure and physical and chemical properties is essential to chemistry. Studies have shown that students have difficulty using structural representations to predict properties, which is not surprising because of the sequence of inferences that are required for sense-making. However, obtaining a nuanced model of…
Descriptors: Prediction, Introductory Courses, Chemistry, Science Instruction
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Allred, Zahilyn D. Roche; Bretz, Stacey Lowery – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2019
Multiple chemistry education research studies at the secondary level have characterized students' difficulties regarding a conceptual understanding of the quantum model of the atom. This research explores undergraduate students' interpretations of multiple representations of the atom. Semistructured interviews were conducted with first-year…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Chemistry, Undergraduate Students, College Science
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Gilewski, Alex; Mallory, Emily; Sandoval, Matthew; Litvak, Mikhail; Ye, Li – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2019
This study developed and implemented a learner-centered assessment named Creative Exercises (CEs) in introductory chemistry courses at a four-year university and a two-year community college. CEs were developed and implemented as an intervention for treatment groups. The control groups only used traditional assessments such as multiple-choice and…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Science Instruction, Introductory Courses, Community Colleges
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Breakall, Jared; Randles, Christopher; Tasker, Roy – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2019
Multiple-choice (MC) exams are common in undergraduate general chemistry courses in the United States and are known for being difficult to construct. With their extensive use in the general chemistry classroom, it is important to ensure that these exams are valid measures of what chemistry students know and can do. One threat to MC exam validity…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Chemistry, College Science, Undergraduate Study
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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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Moon, Alena; Moeller, Robert; Gere, Anne Ruggles; Shultz, Ginger V. – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2019
Science educators recognize the need to teach scientific ways of knowing and reasoning in addition to scientific knowledge. However, characterizing and assessing scientific ways of knowing and reasoning is challenging. Writing-to-learn offers one way of eliciting and supporting students' reasoning; further, writing serves to externalize and make…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, College Science, Science Education, Chemistry
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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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Sreenivasulu, Bellam; Subramaniam, R. – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2019
We report here on an exploratory study done with a sample of university students (N = 140) which sought to explore their understanding of the term 'coordination number', a concept encountered in the topic of transition metals chemistry, through a simple open-ended question. The findings show that the conceptual space related to the conceptions…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Science Instruction, College Students, College Science
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