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DeKorver, Brittland K.; Choi, Mark; Towns, Marcy – Journal of Chemical Education, 2017
Chemical demonstration shows are a popular form of informal science education (ISE), employed by schools, museums, and other institutions in order to improve the public's understanding of science. Just as teachers employ formative and summative assessments in the science classroom to evaluate the impacts of their efforts, it is important to assess…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Science Instruction, Elementary School Science, Middle Schools
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Moon, Alena; Stanford, Courtney; Cole, Renee; Towns, Marcy – Journal of Chemical Education, 2017
Recent science reform documents have called for incorporating authentic scientific discourse into science classes as engaging in discourse has shown to result in numerous benefits. Whether these benefits are observed in students depends upon the quality of the discourse in which they engage. However, characterizing the quality of student-student…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Science Instruction, College Science, Undergraduate Study
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Stanford, Courtney; Moon, Alena; Towns, Marcy; Cole, Renee – Journal of Chemical Education, 2016
Encouraging students to participate in collaborative discourse allows students to constructively engage one another, share ideas, develop joint understanding of the course content, and practice making scientific arguments. Argumentation is an important skill for students to learn, but students need to be given the opportunity in class to engage in…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Science Instruction, Chemistry, Observation