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ERIC Number: EJ913400
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Apr
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 33
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
Identifying Alternative Conceptions of Chemical Kinetics among Secondary School and Undergraduate Students in Turkey
Cakmakci, Gultekin
Journal of Chemical Education, v87 n4 p449-455 Apr 2010
This study identifies some alternative conceptions of chemical kinetics held by secondary school and undergraduate students (N = 191) in Turkey. Undergraduate students who participated are studying to become chemistry teachers when they graduate. Students' conceptions about chemical kinetics were elicited through a series of written tasks and individual interviews. Several alternative conceptions exhibited by secondary school students persisted among undergraduates, indicating the persistence of such alternative conceptions. The results suggest that students' lack of understanding in thermodynamics and chemical equilibrium significantly influences their conceptions about chemical kinetics. Implications for instructional approaches particular to chemical kinetics are discussed. (Contains 1 table and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Turkey