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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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Holme, Thomas A.; Luxford, Cynthia J.; Brandriet, Alexandra – Journal of Chemical Education, 2015
Among the many possible goals that instructors have for students in general chemistry, the idea that they will better understand the conceptual underpinnings of the science is certainly important. Nonetheless, identifying with clarity what exemplifies student success at achieving this goal is hindered by the challenge of clearly articulating what…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, College Science, Undergraduate Study, Chemistry