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Kimberlin, Stephanie; Yezierski, Ellen – Journal of Chemical Education, 2016
Students' inaccurate ideas about what is represented by chemical equations and concepts underlying stoichiometry are well documented; however, there are few classroom-ready instructional solutions to help students build scientifically accurate ideas about these topics central to learning chemistry. An intervention (two inquiry-based activities)…
Descriptors: Stoichiometry, High School Students, Chemistry, Intervention
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Lafarge, David L.; Morge, Ludovic M.; Méheut, Martine M. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2014
Organic chemistry is often considered to be a difficult subject to teach and to learn, particularly as students prefer to resort to memorization alone rather than reasoning using models from chemical reactivity. Existing studies have led us to suggest principles for redefining the curriculum, ranging from its overall structure to the tasks given…
Descriptors: Organic Chemistry, Higher Education, College Science, College Curriculum
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Selco, Jodye; Bruno, Mary; Chan, Sue – Journal of Chemical Education, 2013
Understanding how the periodic table of elements is organized and how to read information from it is fundamental for understanding chemistry. Introductory chemistry courses usually include discussions detailing what elemental information can be determined by virtue of its position on the periodic table. Although many people have been exposed to…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Hands on Science, Tables (Data), Science Instruction
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McRae, Christopher; Karuso, Peter; Liu, Fei – Journal of Chemical Education, 2012
The Web is now a standard tool for information access and dissemination in higher education. The prospect of Web-based, simulated learning platforms and technologies, however, remains underexplored. We have developed a Web-based tutorial program (ChemVoyage) for a third-year organic chemistry class on the topic of pericyclic reactions to…
Descriptors: Internet, Feedback (Response), Organic Chemistry, Web Based Instruction
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Williamson, Vickie M.; Lane, Sarah M.; Gilbreath, Travis; Tasker, Roy; Ashkenazi, Guy; Williamson, Kenneth C.; Macfarlane, Ronald D. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2012
A prior study showed that students best make predictions about the outcome of opening a valve between two flasks containing a fluid or vacuum when they view both a demonstration video and a particulate animation, but the study showed no influence from the order in which these visualizations were used. The purpose of this current research was to…
Descriptors: Academic Ability, Chemistry, Animation, Video Technology
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Alaimo, Peter J.; Langenhan, Joseph M.; Tanner, Martha J.; Ferrenberg, Scott M. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2010
We developed and implemented a yearlong safety program into our organic chemistry lab courses that aims to enhance student attitudes toward safety and to ensure students learn to recognize, demonstrate, and assess safe laboratory practices. This active, collaborative program involves the use of student "safety teams" and includes…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Laboratory Safety, Organic Chemistry, Science Laboratories