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ERIC Number: EJ820764
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 49
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
"Chemie im Kontext": Situating Learning in Relevant Contexts while Systematically Developing Basic Chemical Concepts
Nentwig, Peter M.; Demuth, Reinhard; Parchmann, Ilka; Grasel, Cornelia; Ralle, Bernd
Journal of Chemical Education, v84 n9 p1439-1444 Sep 2007
Inspired by the Salters Approach (UK) and ChemCom (USA), units for a new curriculum for chemistry teaching are being developed in Germany based on theories of scientific literacy, motivation, and situated learning. The curriculum follows a context-based approach. Rather than using the structure of the discipline, it generates basic chemical concepts from issues relevant to the learners, starting with the learners' ideas and questions. The teaching methodology of the course builds strongly on self-directed and cooperative forms of learning activities in the classroom. Currently, a large implementation program is under way with working groups of teachers in 14 of the 16 federal states (Bundeslander) in Germany. This program combines the development of teaching units, their implementation in schools, and the professional development of teachers. Now in its third year, the project has yielded positive results and funds for continuation have been granted. (Contains 1 table, 6 figures, and 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Germany