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Galloway, Kelli R.; Stoyanovich, Carlee; Flynn, Alison B. – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2017
Research on mechanistic thinking in organic chemistry has shown that students attribute little meaning to the electron-pushing (i.e., curved arrow) formalism. At the University of Ottawa, a new curriculum has been developed in which students are taught the electron-pushing formalism prior to instruction on specific reactions--this formalism is…
Descriptors: Organic Chemistry, Student Reaction, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods
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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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Nielsen, W.; Hoban G.; Hyland, C. J. T. – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2017
Students can now digitally construct their own representations of scientific concepts using a variety of modes including writing, diagrams, 2-D and 3-D models, images or speech, all of which communicate meaning. In this study, final-year chemistry students studying a pharmacology subject created a ''blended media'' digital product as an assignment…
Descriptors: Pharmacology, Student Attitudes, Technology Uses in Education, Educational Technology
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Hale, L. V. A.; Lutter, J. C.; Shultz, G. V. – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2016
Graduate students play a critical role in undergraduate education at doctorate granting institutions; but generally have minimal opportunity to develop teaching expertise. Furthermore, little is known about how graduate students develop teaching expertise in this context. We investigated the development of topic-specific pedagogical content…
Descriptors: Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Graduate Students, Chemistry, Expertise
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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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Chan, Julia Y. K.; Bauer, Christopher F. – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2016
Students in general chemistry were partitioned into three groups by cluster analysis of six affective characteristics (emotional satisfaction, intellectual accessibility, chemistry self-concept, math self-concept, self-efficacy, and test anxiety). The at-home study strategies for exam preparation and in-class learning strategies differed among the…
Descriptors: Learning Strategies, Cognitive Style, Chemistry, Affective Behavior
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Demirdögen, Betül; Uzuntiryaki-Kondakçi, Esen – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2016
The purpose of this case study was to investigate how pre-service chemistry teachers' science teaching orientations change during a two-semester intervention designed to enhance their pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) for teaching the nature of science (NOS). Moreover, the way that pre-service chemistry teachers translated their change in…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Theory Practice Relationship, Preservice Teachers, Student Teacher Attitudes
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Ye, Li; Shuniak, Constantine; Oueini, Razanne; Robert, Jenay; Lewis, Scott – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2016
A well-established literature base identifies a portion of students enrolled in post-secondary General Chemistry as at-risk of failing the course based on incoming metrics. Learning about the experiences and factors that lead to this higher failure rate is essential toward improving retention in this course. This study examines the relationship…
Descriptors: At Risk Students, Chemistry, Science Achievement, Science Instruction
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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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Haglund, Jesper; Andersson, Staffan; Elmgren, Maja – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2016
Entropy is a central concept in thermodynamics, but has been found to be challenging to students due to its abstract nature and the fact that it is not part of students' everyday language. Interviews with three pairs of engineering students (N = 6) were conducted and video recorded regarding their interpretation and use of the entropy concept, one…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Scientific Concepts, Thermodynamics, Syntax
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Partanen, Lauri – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2016
The aim of this study was to apply current pedagogical research in order to develop an effective course and exercise structure for a physical chemistry thermodynamics course intended for second or third year university students of chemistry. A mixed-method approach was used to measure the impact the changes had on student learning. In its final…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Thermodynamics, Science Instruction, Chemistry
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Ültay, Neslihan; Durukan, Ümmü Gülsüm; Ültay, Eser – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2015
This study aimed to investigate the effect of conceptual change text (CCT) in the REACT strategy for students' conceptions of solutions. A quasi-experimental method was used in the study. The study was carried out in the spring term of the 2012-2013 academic year with 61 freshmen students (aged 18-20 years) studying in the Elementary Education…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Chemistry, Quasiexperimental Design, College Freshmen
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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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