ERIC Number: EJ1018303
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Reference Count: N/A
Point of View: Teaching Chemistry for the Twenty-Second Century
Wright, Steven M.
Journal of College Science Teaching, v42 n6 p10-11 Jul 2013
In this article, the author reflects on chemistry teaching in the next century. He questions--Was anything he taught in his fundamental chemistry course of value? And, how will our current understanding of the molecular world change during his students' lifetimes? It reminded him of a pseudo-quote he remembered from his own university days--"As research advances, we'll find that fifty percent of everything students were taught was wrong--unfortunately, at this time, we don't know which fifty percent that was." This thought stunned the author and again he questioned--Which fifty percent of the chemical theories I teach are wrong? More importantly, how can I prepare my students to adapt and learn new ideas? He reasoned that perhaps his chemistry courses should include a healthy dose of character development--helping students develop attitudes that encourage lifelong learning and intellectual adaptability, and the development of a sense of wonder about the natural world and the molecular theories that explain it--in this course and beyond. He concludes that, at the very least, this would alert his students and himself of the importance of attitude development and to consider teaching and learning strategies that will create positive feelings toward exploration, reflection, and theories of chemistry.
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Chemistry, Science Teachers, Personal Narratives, College Science, Science and Society
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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