NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
Direct linkDirect link
ERIC Number: EJ888316
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 33
ISSN: ISSN-1756-1108
Probing Student Teachers' Subject Content Knowledge in Chemistry: Case Studies Using Dynamic Computer Models
Toplis, Rob
Chemistry Education Research and Practice, v9 n1 p11-17 2008
This paper reports case study research into the knowledge and understanding of chemistry for six secondary science student teachers. It combines innovative student-generated computer animations, using "ChemSense" software, with interviews to probe understanding of four common chemical processes used in the secondary school curriculum. Findings indicate that the students possess misconceptions in depicting free atoms, bond angles and ionic and covalent bonds. They limit their models to two dimensional representations and produce models as a series of episodes that follow reaction equations. However, they balance the numbers of atoms and engage with, and discuss, construction of models over extended periods of time. The study concludes that misconceptions may persist from prior learning, may continue due to limited access to prior knowledge, and the individuals may use multiple frameworks to explain new ideas. The "ChemSense" software is discussed as a tool for encouraging discussion and the development of knowledge in chemistry. (Contains 4 figures.)
Royal Society of Chemistry. Thomas Graham House, Science Park, Milton Road, Cambridge, CB4 0WF, UK. Tel: +44-1223 420066; Fax: +44-1223 423623; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A