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Holme, Thomas – Journal of Chemical Education, 2014
Two different versions of "big ideas" rooted content maps have recently been published for general chemistry. As embodied in the content outline from the College Board, one of these maps is designed to guide curriculum development and testing for advanced placement (AP) chemistry. The Anchoring Concepts Content Map for general chemistry…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Advanced Placement, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Evaluation
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Mahaffy, Peter G.; Matlin, Stephen A.; Whalen, J. Marc; Holme, Thomas A. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2019
The flow of materials and energy through society is an integral but poorly visible element of global sustainability agendas such as the Planetary Boundaries Framework and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDG). Given that the primary activities of chemistry are to analyze, synthesize, and transform matter, the practice of chemistry has a…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, College Science, Chemistry, Molecular Structure
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Stone, Kari L.; Shaner, Sarah E.; Fendrick, Carol M. – Education Sciences, 2018
General Chemistry is a high impact course at Benedictine University where a large enrollment of ~250 students each year, coupled with low pass rates of a particularly vulnerable student population from a retention point of view (i.e., first-year college students), make it a strategic course on which to focus innovative pedagogical development.…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Science Instruction, College Science, Intervention
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An, Jiwoo; Poly, Laila-Parvin; Holme, Thomas A. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2020
In general chemistry laboratories, students learn practical laboratory skills through hands-on activities and are exposed to new scientific instruments. However, these instruments are often viewed as black boxes for various reasons, where students do not know how to use them or what the instruments are capable of. This tendency is likely to induce…
Descriptors: Usability, Chemistry, Science Laboratories, Science Equipment
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Reid, Scott A. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2020
Many STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) disciplines require a two-semester sequence of introductory college chemistry, which are thus critical gateway courses to a variety of majors. Recognizing the benefit to educators of a structure of content learning across the chemistry curriculum, in 2012, the American Chemical Society…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, College Science, STEM Education, Chemistry
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Provencher, Brian A.; Franco, Jimmy; Fernandez, Anthony L.; Theberge, Stephen; Zwickau, Brenda – Journal of Chemical Education, 2020
Educators are constantly looking to improve their pedagogical strategies. This can range from teaching strategies for a specific topic to holistic curriculum changes. Recently, the approach that chemistry departments have chosen to deliver their introductory courses has garnished increasing attention from educators. Our department recently…
Descriptors: Science Curriculum, Curriculum Implementation, Sequential Approach, Organic Chemistry
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Clark, Ted M.; Ricciardo, Rebecca; Weaver, Tyler – Journal of Chemical Education, 2016
General chemistry courses predominantly use expository experiments that shape student expectations of what a laboratory activity entails. Shifting within a semester to course-based undergraduate research activities that include greater decision-making, collaborative work, and "messy" real-world data necessitates a change in student…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Science Instruction, Undergraduate Study, College Science
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Chitiyo, George; Potter, Darek W.; Rezsnyak, Chad E. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2018
The "Atoms-First" approach has received considerable attention in the chemical education community over the past few years as an alternative to the standard reaction-based two-semester General Chemistry curriculum. The Atoms-First model emphasizes the electronic structure of the atom as a means to explain and rationalize chemical…
Descriptors: Chemistry, College Science, Nuclear Physics, Stoichiometry
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Deri, Melissa A.; Mills, Pamela; McGregor, Donna – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2018
A flipped classroom is one where students are first introduced to content outside of the classroom. This frees up class time for more active learning strategies and has been shown to enhance student learning in high school and college classrooms. However, many studies in General Chemistry, a college gateway science course, were conducted in small…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Homework, Video Technology
McDowell, Travis Rae – ProQuest LLC, 2018
The first courses freshman university students typically enroll in are the introductory science and math, courses that bridge from and build upon their prior educational experiences. These introductory courses often have large enrollment lectures coupled with supplemental sessions to teach using traditional educational practices, which may operate…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, College Science, STEM Education, Chemistry
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Keen, Clarissa; Couture, Steven; El Meseh, Nayer Abd; Sevian, Hannah – Journal of Chemical Education, 2020
Electrochemistry is omnipresent in our lives, but students often do not recognize that the electrochemistry they learn in general chemistry happens in the batteries on which we depend. Students also may not recognize that they have the power to make greener choices about batteries using their knowledge of chemistry. This 4 h general chemistry…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Equipment, Knowledge Level, Science Experiments
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Ye, Li; Shuniak, Constantine; Oueini, Razanne; Robert, Jenay; Lewis, Scott – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2016
A well-established literature base identifies a portion of students enrolled in post-secondary General Chemistry as at-risk of failing the course based on incoming metrics. Learning about the experiences and factors that lead to this higher failure rate is essential toward improving retention in this course. This study examines the relationship…
Descriptors: At Risk Students, Chemistry, Science Achievement, Science Instruction
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Van Heuvelen, Katherine M.; Daub, G. William; Hawkins, Lelia N.; Johnson, Adam R.; Van Ryswyk, Hal; Vosburg, David A. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2020
Insights and methods from the chemical sciences are directly relevant to global challenges such as climate change, renewable energy generation and storage, water purification, and food production. However, these connections are often opaque to students in general chemistry courses, who may get lost in the weeds of stoichiometry, VSEPR, and gas…
Descriptors: Science and Society, Relevance (Education), Chemistry, Science Instruction
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Niemeyer, Emily D.; Zewail-Foote, Maha – Journal of Chemical Education, 2018
The use of electronic response pads or "clickers" is a popular way to engage students and create an active-learning environment, especially within large chemistry courses. We examined students' perceptions of how the clicker affected their learning, participation, and engagement in the classroom, as well as their overall experience…
Descriptors: Gender Differences, Audience Response Systems, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education
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Cushman, Cody V.; Linford, Matthew R. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2015
The plan view is used in crystallography and materials science to show the positions of atoms in crystal structures. However, it is not widely used in teaching general chemistry. In this contribution, we introduce the plan view, and show these views for the simple cubic, body-centered cubic, face-centered cubic, hexagonal close packed, CsCl, NaCl,…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Physical Sciences, Fundamental Concepts, Concept Teaching
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