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Day, Elizabeth L.; Pienta, Norbert J. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2019
This 21-item survey administered at the end of first-semester General Chemistry asked students to estimate their average weekly use of course resources and rate how helpful they find various textbook and online homework features of their current textbook. During data collection, the General Chemistry textbook changed from a print version to one…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Chemistry, Electronic Publishing, Textbooks
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Rodriguez, Jon-Marc G.; Hux, Nicholas P.; Philips, Sven J.; Towns, Marcy H. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2019
This work seeks to add to the growing body of chemistry education research that emphasizes the teaching and learning of advanced topics, focusing on students' understanding of enzyme kinetics. The data corpus relevant to this study involved 14 second-year undergraduate students enrolled in an introductory biochemistry course taught in a chemistry…
Descriptors: Graphs, Introductory Courses, Biochemistry, Science Instruction
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Fung, Fun Man; Choo, Wen Yi; Ardisara, Alvita; Zimmermann, Christoph Dominik; Watts, Simon; Koscielniak, Thierry; Blanc, Etienne; Coumoul, Xavier; Dumke, Rainer – Journal of Chemical Education, 2019
Field trips are a common activity for instructors to engage students and give them a first-hand understanding of a subject, especially in environmental chemistry. However, the planning and execution for a field trip is logistically challenging and demanding of human and material resources. Here, we demonstrate the conduct of a virtual overseas…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Field Trips, Chemistry, Science Instruction
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Pratt, Justin M.; Yezierski, Ellen J. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2019
College students associated with the American Chemical Society and Alpha Chi Sigma student/collegiate chapters reach almost 1 million people every year through their informal chemistry education events (chemistry outreach). Previous work has characterized their goals for chemistry outreach, with the most prevalent goal being audience learning.…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Science Instruction, Student Attitudes, Beliefs
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Hubbard, Brittany A.; Jones, Grayson C.; Gallardo-Williams, Maria T. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2019
As a means to encourage engagement in a large introductory organic chemistry class, students were tasked with the creation of digital tutorials for specific problems sourced from the assigned class textbook. Students had the freedom to choose how to produce their tutorials as long as the final product was a digital object suitable for sharing with…
Descriptors: Introductory Courses, Organic Chemistry, Student Developed Materials, Tutoring
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Schneider, Elia M.; Bärtsch, Amadeus; Stark, Wendelin J.; Grass, Robert N. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2019
A simple synthesis of fluorescent carbon quantum dots from lemon juice is described to introduce advanced high-school students and undergraduate college students to nanoparticle synthesis and quantum dots. The synthesis is based on the carbonization of lemon juice using only a hot plate stirrer. Column chromatography is used to separate different…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, High School Students, Foreign Countries
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Ramachandran, Roshini; Sparck, Erin M.; Levis-Fitzgerald, Marc – Journal of Chemical Education, 2019
Numerous online resources provide a variety of content for a wide range of STEM topics; however, they tend to function as isolated tidbits that provide content-specific knowledge. Application-based science education videos address the overlooked issue of concept to application by implementing experimental components in their videos and fostering…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Chemistry, College Science, Undergraduate Study
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Lazenby, Katherine; Rupp, Charlie A.; Brandriet, Alexandra; Mauger-Sonnek, Kathryn; Becker, Nicole M. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2019
Understanding the nature and purpose of models, including mathematical models, is critical to enabling undergraduate chemistry students to use models to predict and explain phenomena. However, students often do not have systematic conceptions about different kinds of models. To gain a sense of how students understand different models in the…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Chemistry, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods
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Parsons, Andrew F. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2019
Retrosynthetic analysis is a topic that presents significant conceptual challenges to students. To enable a more active learning of introductory retrosynthesis, we implemented a flipped approach, delivered over a 4 year period, to a class size of between 18 and 29 biochemistry students per year. This provided more time for in-class peer group…
Descriptors: Blended Learning, Active Learning, Biochemistry, Student Centered Learning
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Vergne, Matthew J.; Simmons, Joshua D.; Bowen, Ryan S. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2019
An escape-room-game activity was introduced to foster team building and collaborative learning in a laboratory-experiment setting. The students were placed in a laboratory with clues and puzzles that required the students to use a sequence of analytical instruments in the laboratory in order to escape. The instruments utilized included a UV-vis…
Descriptors: Educational Games, Science Laboratories, Laboratory Experiments, Cooperative Learning
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Rennie, Timothy; Eelu, Hilja; Lusepani, Monde; Keendjele, Tuwilika; Julka, Emily; Hunter, Christian J. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2019
Modern, quality education for health sciences is vital in developing and strengthening the health systems of countries in southern Africa. Medicine, pharmacy, and other disciplines in the region typically admit high school graduates who tend to undertake a science foundation in the first years of study. We report a new resource for improving the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Health Services, Organic Chemistry, Video Technology
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Enneking, Kory M.; Breitenstein, Graham R.; Coleman, Amelia F.; Reeves, James H.; Wang, Yishi; Grove, Nathaniel P. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2019
The laboratory has occupied an important place in the general chemistry curriculum for well over a century, despite the fact that many have voiced concern about its value and utility. In an effort to potentially increase capacity in our general chemistry courses, we developed and implemented a hybrid laboratory curriculum that consisted of…
Descriptors: Science Laboratories, Chemistry, Science Instruction, College Science
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Stowe, Ryan L.; Herrington, Deborah G.; McKay, Robert L.; Cooper, Melanie M. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2019
Widespread adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) has created a need to carefully consider how chemistry curricula should support students in understanding the world in terms of atomic/molecular behavior. We argue that Standards-aligned coursework should be "core-ideas centered" due to evidence that curricula embedded…
Descriptors: High School Students, Science Instruction, Chemistry, Standards
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Clemons, Tristan D.; Fouché, Lise; Rummey, Cara; Lopez, Ryan E.; Spagnoli, Dino – Journal of Chemical Education, 2019
The chemistry laboratory can be a daunting place for first year university students, especially those entering one for the first time with little or no prior laboratory experience. Increasing financial constraints placed on secondary schools has restricted the ability to provide rich laboratory experiences for students before entering tertiary…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Undergraduate Students, College Science, Science Instruction
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Moozeh, Kimia; Farmer, Jennifer; Tihanyi, Deborah; Nadar, Tristan; Evans, Greg J. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2019
Laboratory-based learning can be weakened by a lack of connection with underlying theory and limited contextualization to enhance motivation. To address these shortcomings, a framework for the development of web-based multimedia prelaboratory modules is proposed. The framework incorporates supportive information (content), utility value (context),…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Learning Motivation, Science Instruction, Feedback (Response)
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