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Rodriguez, Jon-Marc G.; Bain, Kinsey; Hux, Nicholas P.; Towns, Marcy H. – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2019
Problem solving is a critical feature of highly quantitative physical science topics, such as chemical kinetics. In order to solve a problem, students must cue into relevant features, ignore irrelevant features, and choose among potential problem-solving approaches. However, what is considered appropriate or productive for problem solving is…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Problem Solving, Chemistry, Kinetics
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Hill, Michelle A.; Overton, Tina L.; Thompson, Christopher D.; Kitson, Russell R. A.; Coppo, Paolo – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2019
Employers of chemistry graduates are seeking a range of transferable skills from prospective employees, and academics are increasingly seeking to build employability skill development opportunities into the undergraduate curriculum. However, research suggests that undergraduates do not recognise or value such skill development without prompting.…
Descriptors: Chemistry, College Science, Undergraduate Students, 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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Deng, Yang; Kelly, Gregory J.; Xiao, Lishi – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2019
This study examines scientific practices associated with scientific writing in organic chemistry in China. Although there is rapidly growing literature on the features and strategies of scientific writing, further research in this area is needed to recognize and treat scientific writing as a social endeavor to evaluate it in a more comprehensive…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Organic Chemistry, Science Instruction, Undergraduate Students
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George-Williams, Stephen R.; Karis, Dimitri; Ziebell, Angela L.; Kitson, Russell R. A.; Coppo, Paolo; Schmid, Siegbert; Thompson, Christopher D.; Overton, Tina L. – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2019
How students behave and learn in the teaching laboratory is a topic of great interest in chemical education, partly in order to justify the great expense of teaching laboratories. Much effort has been put into investigating how students think, feel and physically act in these unique learning environments. One such attempt was made through the…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Science Laboratories, Chemistry, Student Attitudes
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Veiga, Nicolas; Luzardo, Florencia; Irving, Kenneth; Rodriguez-Ayan, Maria N.; Torres, Julia – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2019
As a fundamental part of their chemical education, first-year undergraduate students are substantially involved in laboratory activities. Despite the specific teaching staff choices on the main laboratory aims, students normally receive a vast amount of information during these activities. Apart from understanding theoretical content, fundamental…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Science Instruction, Laboratory Experiments, Foreign Countries
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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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Knox, Kerry J.; Gillis, Elizabeth A. L.; Dake, Gregory R. – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2019
Demands are placed on undergraduate courses in chemistry to develop transferable skills, such as teamwork, alongside subject content and technical skills. Such skills can be developed by implementing pedagogies which involve students working together. Such pedagogies can, however, pose various challenges, including unfavourable student perceptions…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Student Experience, Cooperative Learning, College Science
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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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Lastusaari, Mika; Laakkonen, Eero; Murtonen, Mari – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2019
Changing majors or dropping out are of great concern to universities worldwide, but the role of learning approaches in terms of students' persistence has not been previously studied. Changing majors, especially in chemistry, is a severe problem in Finland. Here, learning approach data were collected with the ChemApproach questionnaire from 733…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Undergraduate Students, College Science, Chemistry
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Connor, Megan C.; Finkenstaedt-Quinn, Solaire A.; Shultz, Ginger V. – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2019
Promoting students' ability to engage in discipline-specific practices is a central goal of chemistry education. Yet if instruction is to meaningfully foster such ability, we must first understand students' reasoning during these practices. By characterizing constraints on chemistry students' reasoning, we can design instruction that targets this…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Organic Chemistry, College Science, Logical Thinking
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Chen, Ya-Chun; Wilson, Kimberley; Lin, Huann-shyang – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2019
Systems thinking has been an educational priority for more than a decade, yet its related assessment and teaching strategies have been understudied in the chemistry education research community. Through the lens of systems thinking, this study explores how undergraduate students connect and translate their conceptual representations when they are…
Descriptors: College Science, Chemistry, Problem Solving, Systems Approach
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Graulich, Nicole; Hedtrich, Sebastian; Harzenetter, René – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2019
Learning to interpret organic structures not as an arrangement of lines and letters but, rather, as a representation of chemical entities is a challenge in organic chemistry. To successfully deal with the variety of molecules or mechanistic representations, a learner needs to understand how a representation depicts domain-specific information.…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Organic Chemistry, Teaching Methods, Scientific Concepts
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Hansen, S. J. R.; Hu, B.; Riedlova, D.; Kelly, R. M.; Akaygun, S.; Villalta-Cerdas, A. – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2019
This mixed method study investigation uses eye tracking and qualitative analysis to investigate the impact of animation variation and visual feedback on the critique of submicroscopic representations of experimental phenomena. Undergraduate general chemistry students first viewed an experimental video of a precipitation or oxidation reduction…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Chemistry, Learning Processes, Visual Aids
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