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Criswell, Brett A. – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2012
Five high-school chemistry teachers were asked to enact a lesson in which they posed a problem for which students were likely to generate solutions based on reasoning that was not aligned with accepted principles of chemistry. Four teachers selected a problem related to the stoichiometry of a reaction; the fifth chose a problem associated with…
Descriptors: Video Technology, Chemistry, Teaching Methods, High Schools
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Eissen, Marco – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2012
"Sustainability" is a very general term and the question arises how to specify it within daily laboratory work. In this regard, appropriate metrics could support a socially acceptable, ecological and economic product development. The application of metrics for sustainability should be strengthened in education, because they do not belong…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Plastics, Action Research, Chemistry
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Talanquer, Vincente; Pollard, John – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2010
Despite multiple calls for reform, the curriculum for first-year college chemistry at many universities across the world is still mostly fact-based and encyclopedic, built upon a collection of isolated topics, oriented too much towards the perceived needs of chemistry majors, focused too much on abstract concepts and algorithmic problem solving,…
Descriptors: Majors (Students), Chemistry, Problem Solving, Educational Change
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Holme, Thomas; Bretz, Stacey Lowery; Cooper, Melanie; Lewis, Jennifer; Paek, Pamela; Pienta, Norbert; Stacy, Angelica; Stevens, Ron; Towns, Marcy – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2010
The role of assessment in the chemistry classroom is ultimately tied to the nature of the assessments available for use. Because they provide data that can inform decisions about curricular changes, or new pedagogies, the incorporation of new assessment strategies can play an important role in how educational and curriculum reform is carried out.…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Student Problems, Instructional Innovation, Chemistry
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Marks, Ralf; Eilks, Ingo – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2010
A case is described of the development of a lesson plan for 10th grade (age range 15-16) chemistry classes on the chemistry of shower gels. The lesson plan follows a socio-critical and problem-oriented approach to chemistry teaching. This means that, aside from learning about the basic chemistry of the components making up modern shower gels in…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Lesson Plans, Action Research, Questionnaires
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Crippen, Kent J.; Brooks, David W. – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2009
The case for chemistry instruction based on worked examples is presented, using a contemporary model of human learning. We begin by detailing human cognitive architecture and outlining the Interactive Compensatory Model of Learning (ICML). Through the ICML, the role of motivation, deliberate practice and feedback are detailed as key variables in…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Science Instruction, Epistemology, Learning Activities
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Overton, Tina; Potter, Nicholas – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2008
Problem solving is an essential skill for undergraduate chemists to acquire. Many problem solving activities encountered on undergraduate programmes are algorithmic, and require lower order cognitive skills to be applied in order to reach a solution. We have developed a number of open-ended problems that use a real life context and require the…
Descriptors: Cognitive Style, Problem Solving, Chemistry, Undergraduate Students
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Cox, Charles T., Jr.; Cooper, Melanie M.; Pease, Rebecca; Buchanan, Krystal; Hernandez-Cruz, Laura; Stevens, Ron; Picione, John; Holme, Thomas – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2008
The use of web-based software and course management systems for the delivery of online assessments in the chemistry classroom is becoming more common. IMMEX software, like other web-based software, can be used for delivering assessments and providing feedback, but differs in that it offers additional features designed to give insights and promote…
Descriptors: Organic Chemistry, Science Laboratories, Laboratory Procedures, Performance Based Assessment