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ERIC Number: EJ1028492
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Nov
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
Atoms-First Curriculum: A Comparison of Student Success in General Chemistry
Esterling, Kevin M.; Bartels, Ludwig
Journal of Chemical Education, v90 n11 p1433-1436 Nov 2013
We present an evaluation of the impact of an atoms-first curriculum on student success in introductory chemistry classes and find that initially a lower fraction of students obtain passing grades in the first and second quarters of the general chemistry series. This effect is more than reversed for first-quarter students after one year of instruction experience with the atoms-first curriculum, yet challenges with the second quarter remain. This study involves more than 8000 students over five years, with two-fifths of them taught using the atoms-first approach. It provides a cautionary example for the adoption of this approach.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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