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Peleg, Ran; Yayon, Malka; Katchevich, Dvora; Mamlok-Naaman, Rachel; Fortus, David; Eilks, Ingo; Hofstein, Avi – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2017
Educational research and policy suggest inquiry as one of the most prominent ways of promoting effective science education. However, traditional approaches towards inquiry learning are not always sufficiently motivating for all learners. The EU-funded project, TEMI--Teaching Enquiry with Mysteries Incorporated, suggests that mysterious scientific…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Story Telling, Secondary School Teachers, Teacher Attitudes
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Matijaševic, Igor; Korolija, Jasminka N.; Mandic, Ljuba M. – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2016
This paper describes the results achieved by high school seniors on an item which involves translation of the equation P = kT into a corresponding pictorial external representation. The majority of students (the classes of 2011, 2012 and 2013) did not give the correct answer to the multiple choice part of the translation item. They chose pictorial…
Descriptors: High School Seniors, Multiple Choice Tests, Interviews, Misconceptions
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Akaygun, Sevil – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2016
Visualizing the chemical structure and dynamics of particles has been challenging for many students; therefore, various visualizations and tools have been used in chemistry education. For science educators, it has been important to understand how students visualize and represent particular phenomena--i.e., their mental models-- to design more…
Descriptors: High School Students, Secondary School Science, Grade 10, Grade 11
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Zhou, Qing; Wang, Tingting; Zheng, Qi – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2015
The purpose of this study was primarily to explore high school students' cognitive structures and to identify their learning difficulties on ethanoic acid through the flow map method. The subjects of this study were 30 grade 1 students from Dong Yuan Road Senior High School in Xi'an, China. The interviews were conducted a week after the students…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, High School Students, Secondary School Science, Chemistry
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Alvarado, Clara; Cañada, Florentina; Garritz, Andoni; Mellado, Vicente – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2015
The topic of acid-base chemistry is one of the oldest in general chemistry courses and it has been almost continuously in academic discussion. The central purpose of documenting the knowledge and beliefs of a group of ten Mexican teachers with experience in teaching acid-base chemistry in high school was to know how they design, prepare and…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Secondary School Science, Chemistry
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Boddey, Kerrie; de Berg, Kevin – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2015
Nursing students have typically found the study of chemistry to be one of their major challenges in a nursing course. This mixed method study was designed to explore how prior experiences in chemistry might impact chemistry achievement during a health science unit. Nursing students (N = 101) studying chemistry as part of a health science unit were…
Descriptors: Nursing Education, Chemistry, Science Achievement, Scores
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Supasorn, Saksri – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2015
This study aimed to develop the small-scale experiments involving electrochemistry and the galvanic cell model kit featuring the sub-microscopic level. The small-scale experiments in conjunction with the model kit were implemented based on the 5E inquiry learning approach to enhance students' conceptual understanding of electrochemistry. The…
Descriptors: Grade 12, Cytology, Science Experiments, Energy
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Wood, Lynda C.; Ebenezer, Jazlin; Boone, Relena – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2013
The purpose of this article is to study the effects of an intellectually caring model of teaching and learning on alternative African American high school students' conceptual change and achievement in a chemistry unit on acids and bases. A mixed-methods approach using retrospective data was utilized. Data secured from the teacher were the…
Descriptors: African American Students, High School Students, Chemistry, Secondary School Science
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Mandler, Daphna; Mamlok-Naaman, Rachel; Blonder, Ron; Yayon, Malka; Hofstein, Avi – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2012
Discussions held in the chemical education community have generated a variety of reports and recommendations for reforming the chemistry curriculum. The recommendations refer to teaching chemistry in the context of real-world issues. This has been suggested as a way to enhance students' motivation. It is suggested that real-world problems…
Descriptors: World Problems, Water Quality, Motivation, Chemistry
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Yezierski, Ellen J.; Herrington, Deborah G. – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2011
High school chemistry teachers' experiences learning science through lectures and verification labs make it difficult for them to transition to inquiry-based approaches called for in the U.S. National Science Education Standards. Unfortunately, widely implemented approaches to teacher professional development (PD) aimed at reform, such as…
Descriptors: High Schools, Action Research, Chemistry, Effect Size
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Herrington, Deborah G.; Yezierski, Ellen J.; Luxford, Karen M.; Luxford, Cynthia J. – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2011
Inquiry-based instruction requires a deep, conceptual understanding of the process of science combined with a sophisticated knowledge of teaching and learning. This study examines the changes in classroom instructional practices and corresponding changes to knowledge and beliefs about inquiry instruction for eight high school chemistry teachers.…
Descriptors: Action Research, Chemistry, Secondary School Teachers, Teaching Methods
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Costu, Bayram – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2008
The aim of this study was to elicit students' conceptions about big bubbles in boiling liquids (water, ethanol and aqueous CuSO[subscript 4] solution). The study is based on twenty-four students at different ages and grades. The clinical interviews technique was conducted to solicit students' conceptions and the interviews were analyzed to…
Descriptors: Concept Formation, Misconceptions, Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts