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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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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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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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Sevian, Hannah; Couture, Steven – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2018
Problem solving is lauded as beneficial, but students do not all learn well by solving problems. Using the resources framework, Tuminaro J., and Redish E. F., (2007), Elements of a cognitive model of physics problem solving: Epistemic games, "Physical Review Special Topics-Physics Education Research," 3(2), 020101 suggested that, for…
Descriptors: Problem Solving, Physics, Science Instruction, Educational Games
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Walker, J. P.; Sampson, V.; Southerland, S.; Enderle, P. J. – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2016
This study examines the extent to which the type of instruction used during a general chemistry laboratory course affects students' ability to use core ideas to engage in science practices. We use Ford's (2008) description of the nature of scientific practices to categorize what students do in the laboratory as either empirical or…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Laboratory Experiments, Laboratory Procedures, Intermode Differences
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Irby, Stefan M.; Phu, Andy L.; Borda, Emily J.; Haskell, Todd R.; Steed, Nicole; Meyer, Zachary – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2016
There is much agreement among chemical education researchers that expertise in chemistry depends in part on the ability to coordinate understanding of phenomena on three levels: macroscopic (observable), sub-microscopic (atoms, molecules, and ions) and symbolic (chemical equations, graphs, etc.). We hypothesize this "level-coordination…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Formative Evaluation, Graduate Students, College Students
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Yuriev, Elizabeth; Capuano, Ben; Short, Jennifer L. – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2016
Chemistry is a technical scientific discipline strongly underpinned by its own complex and diverse language. To be successful in the problem-solving aspects of chemistry, students must master the language of chemistry, and in particular, the definition of terms and concepts. To assist students in this challenging task, a variety of instructional…
Descriptors: Puzzles, Vocabulary Development, Chemistry, Science Instruction
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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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Graulich, Nicole – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2015
Organic chemistry education is one of the youngest research areas among all chemistry related research efforts, and its published scholarly work has become vibrant and diverse over the last 15 years. Research on problem-solving behavior, students' use of the arrow-pushing formalism, the investigation of students' conceptual knowledge and…
Descriptors: Organic Chemistry, Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts, Problem Solving
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Cavalli, G.; Hamerton, I.; Lygo-Baker, S. – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2015
Following collaboration between two chemistry lecturers and an academic developer an attempt was made to enhance the learning of students within a chemistry module through the adaptation of the delivery of content material. This paper reports a piece of practitioner led research which considered how effective the approach developed was upon the…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Science Instruction, Plastics, Interdisciplinary Approach
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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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Mataka, Lloyd M.; Grunert Kowalske, Megan – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2015
A convergent mixed methods research study was used to investigate whether or not undergraduate students who participated in a problem-based learning (PBL) laboratory environment improved their self-efficacy beliefs in chemistry. The Chemistry Attitude and Experience Questionnaire (CAEQ) was used as a pre- and post-test to determine changes in…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Self Efficacy, Science Instruction, Undergraduate Students
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Sevian, H.; Bernholt, S.; Szteinberg, G. A.; Auguste, S.; Pérez, L. C. – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2015
A perspective is presented on how the representation mapping framework by Hahn and Chater (1998) may be used to characterize reasoning during problem solving in chemistry. To provide examples for testing the framework, an exploratory study was conducted with students and professors from three different courses in the middle of the undergraduate…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Science Instruction, Problem Solving, Undergraduate Study
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Herranen, Jaana Kristiina; Vesterinen, Veli-Matti; Aksela, Maija Katariina – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2015
The aim of this study was to create an instrument to measure elementary teachers' interest in teaching chemistry. The interest in chemistry teaching instrument (ICTI) was created to measure both the affective and cognitive components of interest. After establishing the face and content validity of the instrument, the internal consistency of the…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Science Teachers, Science Instruction, Teacher Attitudes
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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
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