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Upahi, Johnson Enero; Ramnarain, Umesh – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2019
The difficulties encountered by students in learning chemistry range from human factors to the intrinsic nature of chemistry. To enhance students' understanding of chemistry, there is a wide consensus within the community of chemistry educators on the importance of and need to integrate different levels of representations in chemistry teaching and…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Science Instruction, Secondary School Science, Textbooks
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Hennah, Naomi – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2019
The present paper reports upon the design and implementation of a novel practical work pedagogy that is shown to increase students' retention of practical procedures. The chemistry exams, for 15 to 16-year olds in England, will be assessed entirely through terminal examination questions from 2018. Longer term retention of learning is critical if…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Secondary School Science, Foreign Countries, Science Process Skills
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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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Tosun, Cemal – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2019
The aim of this study was to develop a Scientific Process Skills Test (SPST) in the context of ''Matter and its Nature''. It was investigated whether there was a predictive effect of demographical features and participating out-of-school learning opportunities across the 7th and 8th grade students' Scientific Process Skill (SPS) levels.…
Descriptors: Science Process Skills, Science Tests, Test Construction, Scientific Concepts
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Moreira, Patricia; Marzabal, Ainoa; Talanquer, Vicente – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2019
The central goal of this research study was to characterise the different types of reasoning manifested by high school chemistry students when building initial written explanations of a natural phenomenon. In particular, our study participants were asked to explain why a mixture of water and alcohol works as an antifreeze. Data collected in the…
Descriptors: Logical Thinking, Chemistry, Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts
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Ye, Jianqiang; Lu, Shanshan; Bi, Hualin – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2019
This study uses graphs of conductivity measured by a microcomputer-based laboratory (MBL) to promote students' macro, micro, and symbolic representations when learning about net ionic reactions (NIR). A total of 54 students, aged 14-15 years old participated in this research, and were randomly divided into an experimental group (N = 27) and a…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Science Laboratories, Scientific Concepts, Concept Formation
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Galloway, Kelli R.; Leung, Min Wah; Flynn, Alison B. – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2019
Research has shown that within a traditional organic chemistry curriculum, organic chemistry students struggle to develop deep conceptual understanding of reactions and attribute little meaning to the electron-pushing formalism. At the University of Ottawa, a new curriculum was developed for organic chemistry in which students are taught the…
Descriptors: Organic Chemistry, Science Instruction, Foreign Countries, College Students
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Rodriguez, Jon-Marc G.; Bain, Kinsey; Towns, Marcy H.; Elmgren, Maja; Ho, Felix M. – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2019
Graphical representations are an important tool used to model abstract processes in fields such as chemistry. Successful interpretation of a graph involves a combination of mathematical expertise and discipline-specific content to reason about the relationship between the variables and to describe the phenomena represented. In this work, we…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Logic, Integrated Curriculum, Student Attitudes
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Lu, Shanshan; Bi, Hualin; Liu, Xiufeng – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2019
Students have various conceptions of electrolytes in learning chemistry. The aim of this study is to identify 10th grade students' understanding of the electrolyte concept by using a phenomenographic method. Eight students, whose abilities were at different levels, were selected and interviewed. The findings show that four distinctive categories…
Descriptors: Grade 10, High School Students, Comprehension, Scientific Concepts
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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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Schmidt-McCormack, Jennifer A.; Judge, Jessyca A.; Spahr, Kellie; Yang, Ellen; Pugh, Raymond; Karlin, Ashley; Sattar, Atia; Thompson, Barry C.; Gere, Anne Ruggles; Shultz, Ginger V. – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2019
Acid-base chemistry is a foundational topic that is taught in courses across the chemistry curriculum. Students often have difficulty distinguishing between the different theories of acid-base chemistry--Brønsted-Lowry and Lewis acid-base chemistry--and applying these two definitions correctly in unfamiliar scenarios. To help students learn these…
Descriptors: Organic Chemistry, Science Education, Writing Assignments, Scientific Concepts
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Rodriguez, Jon-Marc G.; Towns, Marcy H. – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2019
Student understanding regarding topics in upper-division courses, such as biochemistry, is not well represented in the literature. Herein we describe a study that investigated students' reasoning about Michaelis-Menten enzyme kinetics and enzyme inhibition. Our qualitative study involved semistructured interviews with fourteen second-year students…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts, Logical Thinking, Concept Formation
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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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Pavlin, Jerneja; Glazar, Sasa A.; Slapnicar, Miha; Devetak, Iztok – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2019
The purpose of this paper is to explore and explain students' achievements in solving context-based gas exercises comprising the macroscopic and submicroscopic levels of chemical concepts. The influence of specific variables, such as interest in learning, formal-reasoning abilities, and visualisation abilities, is a significant factor that should…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Science Education, Educational Background, Science Interests
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