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Lasker, Grace A.; Mellor, Karolina E.; Mullins, Melissa L.; Nesmith, Suzanne M.; Simcox, Nancy J. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2017
Despite advances in active learning pedagogy and other methods designed to increase student engagement in the chemistry classroom, retention and engagement issues still persist, particularly with respect to women and minorities underrepresented in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) programs. Relevancy also remains elusive in…
Descriptors: Environmental Education, Social Justice, Chemistry, Science Instruction
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Konski, Krzysiek; Saw, Jessica; Torriero, Angel A. J. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2017
This letter comments on the paper "Analysis of Citric Acid in Beverages: Use of an Indicator Displacement Assay" ["J. Chem. Educ." 2010, 87 (8), 832-835 (EJ918557)]. Discrepancies in figures and host:indicator complex behavior are discussed and an alternative experimental protocol presented.
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, College Science, Chemistry, Science Laboratories
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Hill, Robert H., Jr. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2016
Safety education is absent in the chemistry curriculum. This commentary discusses the consequences of the missing safety education for graduates and institutions that hire them. It suggests and discusses the application of the theory of Normalization of Deviance to explain why safety education is missing. It suggests ways to fix the shortcoming by…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Safety Education, Chemistry, Laboratory Safety
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Cardellini, Liberato – Journal of Chemical Education, 2011
In this interview, Carl Djerassi recalls his first years, from his pleasant childhood, to how he escaped the Nazi persecutions, to his college education in America. He remembers how with his research group he won the race for synthesis of cortisone, and how they then synthesized norethindrone, the active ingredient in oral contraceptives. Djerassi…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Women Faculty, Scientists, College Faculty
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Bernal, Pedro J. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2011
This commentary talks about the worldwide health impact of lack of access to potable water. Household water treatment and storage (HWTS) is described as one approach to improving potable water accessibility in which students and educators can make a contribution to alleviate the problem of lack of access. The author suggests that, as chemists,…
Descriptors: Water Quality, Science Instruction, Chemistry, Water Pollution
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Schultz, Emeric – Journal of Chemical Education, 2010
This commentary disagrees with a recent submission (Cheung, D. "J. Chem. Educ. 2009, 86," 514-518) questioning the value of the Le Chtelier principle (LCP). Cheung points out that the LCP fails to predict the proper change in a small set of chemical equilibria. This commentary argues that the LCP has great qualitative utility in correctly…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Science Instruction, Scientific Principles, Secondary School Science
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Jensen, William B. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2010
In response to a reader query, this article traces the origins of the ionic-radius ratio rules and their incorrect attribution to Linus Pauling in the chemical literature and to Victor Goldschmidt in the geochemical literature. In actual fact, the ionic-radius ratio rules were first proposed within the context of the coordination chemistry…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Geometric Concepts, Science Instruction, College Science
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Johnstone, A. H. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2010
Large curricular changes of the 1960s brought about by the ChemStudy and Chemical Bond Approach initiatives were generally successful, but they also created learning problems. These were well recognized by a series of surveys in 1971. Recent surveys (2008) show that the same chemical difficulties for learners are still present in most "modern"…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Science Instruction, Science Curriculum, Teaching Methods
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Cardellini, Liberato – Journal of Chemical Education, 2010
This interview provides glimpses of Joseph J. Lagowski and his life from the time he played with a Gilbert chemistry set, to his tenure at The University of Texas at Austin. His initial interest in chemistry was further nurtured and developed thanks to an excellent high school teacher. In the interview, Lagowski discusses his research in…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Active Learning, Educational Technology, Teaching Methods
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Gosser, David K., Jr.; Kampmeier, Jack A.; Varma-Nelson, Pratibha – Journal of Chemical Education, 2010
This paper offers an overview of the development of the peer-led team learning (PLTL) model for teaching and learning chemistry, from the personal journeys of the authors in their classrooms to the national dissemination of the model to the full range of colleges and universities and to other STEM disciplines. In the PLTL model, students who have…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Science Instruction, College Science, Teaching Methods
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Cardellini, Liberato – Journal of Chemical Education, 2008
In this interview, Peter Atkins explains the deep motivations that compel him to sit at his desk at 6 AM writing books and textbooks. He discusses the four principal elements that help to make a chemistry textbook successful, including the secret ingredient. He also discusses the importance of problem solving, the interaction of multimedia, and…
Descriptors: Textbooks, Chemistry, Internet, Science Education
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Rasmussen, Seth C. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2007
The pseudoscientific views in educated society are facing increased problems, which needs the rectification of current deficiency of historical context in science education. This can change the way the students view claims and ideas presented to them.
Descriptors: Science and Society, Science Education, Science History
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Marteel-Parrish, Anne E. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2007
A new special-topics course on green chemistry would help students to critically evaluate policy decisions in an environmentally conscientious manner. The actively acquired knowledge would allow students to spread the word about green chemistry in the long term to the world, where they would pursue their future goals of life.
Descriptors: Organic Chemistry, Science Education, Conservation (Environment), Public Policy
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Middlecamp, Catherine Hurt – Journal of Chemical Education, 2007
Teachers should use real-life issues while teaching chemical principles, so that students can find issues worthy of engagement both in their studies and over the course of a lifetime. Difficulties and failures present excellent teaching opportunities and they give the students the intellectual space to consider the questions that might be…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Scientific Principles, Science Instruction, Relevance (Education)
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Vergne, Matthew J.; Hercules, David M.; Lattimer, Robert P. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2007
The history of the development of mass spectroscopic methods used to characterize polymers is discussed. The continued improvements in methods and instrumentation will offer new and better ways for the mass spectral characterization of polymers and mass spectroscopy (MS) should be recognized as a complementary polymer characterization method along…
Descriptors: Molecular Structure, Plastics, Physics, Laboratory Equipment
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