ERIC Number: EJ1028491
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Publication Date: 2013-Nov
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A Historical Analysis of the Curriculum of Organic Chemistry Using ACS Exams as Artifacts
Raker, Jeffrey R.; Holme, Thomas A.
Journal of Chemical Education, v90 n11 p1437-1442 Nov 2013
Standardized examinations, such as those developed and disseminated by the ACS Examinations Institute, are artifacts of the teaching of a course and over time may provide a historical perspective on how curricula have changed and evolved. This study investigated changes in organic chemistry curricula across a 60-year period by evaluating 18 ACS Organic Chemistry Exams through the lenses of problem-type, visualization use, content covered, and percentile rankings. For all lenses, the early 1970s emerged as a focal point for change and stabilization of the organic chemistry curricula.
Descriptors: Organic Chemistry, Science Education History, Curriculum Research, Educational Development, Curriculum Evaluation, Standardized Tests, Undergraduate Study, Testing Programs, Test Content, Achievement Rating, Test Items
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