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ERIC Number: EJ863168
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Oct
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 13
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
Implementing a Computer Program that Captures Students' Work on Customizable, Periodic-System Data Assignments
Wiediger, Susan D.
Journal of Chemical Education, v86 n10 p1212-1215 Oct 2009
The periodic table and the periodic system are central to chemistry and thus to many introductory chemistry courses. A number of existing activities use various data sets to model the development process for the periodic table. This paper describes an image arrangement computer program developed to mimic a paper-based card sorting periodic table activity. The advantages of the computer format are described, with a key feature being the ability to playback students' actions. Being able to observe students working with the data as well as viewing their final answer can allow instructors to identify areas of student difficulty and structure classroom discussion of data analysis and periodic trends to address misconceptions and build on students' work. Comments on the successful implementation in college general chemistry are included. (Contains 3 figures, 1 table, and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A