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Haglund, Jesper; Andersson, Staffan; Elmgren, Maja – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2015
Thermodynamics, and in particular entropy, has been found to be challenging for students, not least due to its abstract character. Comparisons with more familiar and concrete domains, by means of analogy and metaphor, are commonly used in thermodynamics teaching, in particular the metaphor "entropy is disorder." However, this particular…
Descriptors: Thermodynamics, Scientific Concepts, Chemical Engineering, Concept Formation
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Degerman, Mari Stadig; Tibell, Lena A. E. – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2012
The rapid development and increasing inter- and multi-disciplinarity of life sciences invokes revisions of life science course curricula, recognizing ("inter alia") the need to compromise between covering specific phenomena and general processes/principles. For these reasons there have been several initiatives to standardize curricula,…
Descriptors: Biological Sciences, Metabolism, Course Content, Textbooks
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Bolton, Kim; Saalman, Elisabeth; Christie, Michael; Ingerman, Ake; Linder, Cedric – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2008
The publicly available free computer program, "SimChemistry," was used as an active learning tool in the chemical engineering curriculum at the University College of Boras, Sweden. The activity involved students writing their own simulation programs on topics in the area of molecular structure and interactions. Evaluation of the learning…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Learning Experience, Chemical Engineering, Science Curriculum