ERIC Number: EJ1082396
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
DanceChemistry: Helping Students Visualize Chemistry Concepts through Dance Videos
Tay, Gidget C.; Edwards, Kimberly D.
Journal of Chemical Education, v92 n11 p1956-1959 Nov 2015
A visual aid teaching tool, the DanceChemistry video series, has been developed to teach fundamental chemistry concepts through dance. These educational videos portray chemical interactions at the molecular level using dancers to represent chemical species. Students reported that the DanceChemistry videos helped them visualize chemistry ideas in a new and memorable way. Surveying the general laboratory course at the University of California, Irvine (n = 1266), 75% of the students said they wanted to use these videos to learn additional chemistry topics in the future. Data from pre- and postsurveys show an increase in students' average scores after watching a 5 min DanceChemistry video. These instructional videos are disseminated broadly through a dedicated YouTube channel, DanceChemistry.
Descriptors: Dance, Chemistry, Visual Aids, Scientific Concepts, Teaching Methods, Fundamental Concepts, Molecular Structure, Student Surveys, Pretests Posttests, Science Achievement, Science Activities, Critical Viewing, Instructional Effectiveness, College Students, Educational Technology
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: California
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