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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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Broman, Karolina; Parchmann, Ilka – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2014
Context-based learning approaches have been implemented in school science over the last 40 years as a way to enhance students' interest in, as well as learning outcomes from, science. Contexts are used to connect science with the students' lives and to provide a frame in which concepts can be learned and applied on a…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Scientific Concepts