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Undersander, Molly A.; Lund, Travis J.; Langdon, Laurie S.; Stains, Marilyne – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2017
The design of assessment tools is critical to accurately evaluate students' understanding of chemistry. Although extensive research has been conducted on various aspects of assessment tool design, few studies in chemistry have focused on the impact of the order in which questions are presented to students on the measurement of students'…
Descriptors: Test Construction, Scientific Concepts, Concept Formation, Science Education
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Liu, Yujuan; Ferrell, Brent; Barbera, Jack; Lewis, Jennifer E. – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2017
Fundamentally concerned with motivation, self-determination theory (SDT) represents a framework of several mini-theories to explore how social context interacts with people's motivational types categorized by degree of regulation internalization. This paper aims to modify an existing theory-based instrument (Academic Motivation Scale, or AMS) and…
Descriptors: Test Construction, Science Education, Self Determination, Test Validity
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Schmidt-McCormack, Jennifer A.; Muniz, Marc N.; Keuter, Ellie C.; Shaw, Scott K.; Cole, Renée S. – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2017
Well-designed laboratories can help students master content and science practices by successfully completing the laboratory experiments. Upper-division chemistry laboratory courses often present special challenges for instruction due to the instrument intensive nature of the experiments. To address these challenges, particularly those associated…
Descriptors: Science Laboratories, Science Instruction, College Science, Undergraduate Study
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Becker, Nicole M.; Rupp, Charlie A.; Brandriet, Alexandra – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2017
Models related to the topic of chemical kinetics are critical for predicting and explaining chemical reactivity. Here we present a qualitative study of 15 general chemistry students' reasoning about a method of initial rates task. We asked students to discuss their understanding of the terms rate law and initial rate, and then analyze rate and…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Chemistry, Logical Thinking, Scientific Concepts
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Cink, Ruth B.; Song, Youngjin – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2016
This multiple case study investigated how college students with diverse ethno-linguistic backgrounds used chemistry vocabulary as a way to look at their discursive identities and cultural border crossings during first semester general chemistry laboratories. The data were collected in two major forms: video-taped laboratory observations and…
Descriptors: Vocabulary, Language Usage, Chemistry, Science Laboratories
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Galloway, Kelli R.; Bretz, Stacey Lowery – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2016
A series of quantitative studies investigated undergraduate students' perceptions of their cognitive and affective learning in the undergraduate chemistry laboratory. To explore these quantitative findings, a qualitative research protocol was developed to characterize student learning in the undergraduate chemistry laboratory. Students (N = 13)…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, College Science, Chemistry, Science Laboratories
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Burrows, Nikita L.; Mooring, Suazette Reid – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2015
General chemistry is the first undergraduate course in which students further develop their understanding of fundamental chemical concepts. Many of these fundamental topics highlight the numerous conceptual interconnections present in chemistry. However, many students possess incoherent knowledge structures regarding these topics. Therefore,…
Descriptors: Concept Mapping, Science Instruction, College Science, Undergraduate Students
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Velasco, Jonathan B.; Stains, Marilyne – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2015
It has been established that both tutors and tutees gain from tutoring sessions. However, tutors' benefits may be enhanced or limited depending on the type of behaviours they perform during the tutoring sessions. Although behaviours enhancing both tutor and tutee learning can be promoted by training, generalized tutor training models that are…
Descriptors: College Science, Science Instruction, Graduate Study, Correlation
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Didis, Nilufer – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2015
This study analyzes the analogies used in the teaching of introductory quantum theory concepts. Over twelve weeks, the researcher observed each class for a semester and conducted interviews with the students and the instructor. In the interviews, students answered questions about quantum theory concepts, which the instructor had taught them using…
Descriptors: Quantum Mechanics, Scientific Concepts, Observation, Interviews
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Teo, Tang Wee; Tan, Kim Chwee Daniel; Yan, Yaw Kai; Teo, Yong Chua; Yeo, Leck Wee – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2014
In this paper, we define flip teaching as a curricular platform that uses various strategies, tools, and pedagogies to engage learners in self-directed learning outside the classroom before face-to-face meetings with teachers in the classroom. With this understanding, we adopted flip teaching in the design and enactment of one Year 1 and one Year…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Chemistry, College Science, Science Laboratories
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Wang, Chia-Yu; Barrow, Lloyd H. – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2013
The purpose of the study was to explore students' conceptual frameworks of models of atomic structure and periodic variations, chemical bonding, and molecular shape and polarity, and how these conceptual frameworks influence their quality of explanations and ability to shift among chemical representations. This study employed a purposeful sampling…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Nuclear Physics, Quantum Mechanics, Models
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Akaygun, Sevil; Jones, Loretta L. – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2013
Helping learners to visualize the structures and dynamics of particles through the use of technology is challenging. Animations and simulations can be difficult for learners to interpret and can even lead to new misconceptions. A systematic approach to development based on the findings of cognitive science was used to design, develop, and evaluate…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Computer Simulation, Science Instruction, Questionnaires
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Raker, Jeffrey R.; Towns, Marcy H. – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2012
Understanding of the nature of science is key to the development of new curricular materials that mirror the practice of science. Three problem types (project level, synthetic planning, and day-to-day) in synthetic organic chemistry emerged during a thematic content analysis of the research experiences of eight practising synthetic organic…
Descriptors: Organic Chemistry, Scientific Research, College Science, Science Instruction
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Raker, Jeffrey R.; Towns, Marcy H. – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2012
The development of curricular problems based on the practice of synthetic organic chemistry has not been explored in the literature. Such problems have broadly been hypothesized to promote student persistence and interest in STEM fields. This study reports seven ideas about how practice-based problems can be developed for sophomore-level organic…
Descriptors: Organic Chemistry, College Science, Problems, Curriculum Development
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Linenberger, Kimberly J.; Bretz, Stacey Lowery – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2012
This study explores what students understand about enzyme-substrate interactions, using multiple representations of the phenomenon. In this paper we describe our use of the 3 Phase-Single Interview Technique with multiple representations to generate cognitive dissonance within students in order to uncover misconceptions of enzyme-substrate…
Descriptors: Psychological Patterns, Biochemistry, Interviews, Misconceptions
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