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Perera, Viveka L.; Wei, Tianlan; Mlsna, Debra A. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2019
This study investigates the impact of peer-focused, active-learning recitation sessions with the large-enrollment sections of General Chemistry I courses at Mississippi State University (MSState). Over a period of four semesters beginning in Spring 2016, recitation sessions were implemented into the General Chemistry I (CH1213) courses at MSState.…
Descriptors: College Science, Undergraduate Study, Chemistry, Cooperative Learning
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Vincent-Ruz, Paulette; Meyer, Tara; Roe, Sean G.; Schunn, Christian D. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2020
Process oriented guided inquiry learning (POGIL) is a specific type of active learning centered on a learning cycle where students first explore a concept through scientific models, followed by a concept invention, and finally a concept application phase. In spite of POGIL's research-based design and the many studies showing it increases learning…
Descriptors: Large Group Instruction, Chemistry, Undergraduate Students, Inquiry
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Martinez, Brianna L.; Kararo, Alex T.; Parent, Kristin N.; Underwood, Sonia M.; Matz, Rebecca L. – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2021
Students often struggle to make interdisciplinary connections and cite a lack of opportunity to make such connections. To address this issue, we are developing activities aligned with the framework of three-dimensional learning that provide students with opportunities to make connections between chemistry concepts and biological phenomena. Here,…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Scientific Concepts, Interdisciplinary Approach, Science Activities
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Underwood, Sonia M.; Kararo, Alex T.; Gadia, Gabriela – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2021
The ability to predict macroscopic properties using a compound's chemical structure is an essential idea for chemistry as well as other disciplines such as biology. In this study we investigate how different levels of interventions impact the components of students' explanations (claims, evidence, and reasoning) of structure-property…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Science Process Skills, Intervention, Prediction
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Jones, Elizabeth V.; Shepler, Carrie G.; Evans, Michael J. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2021
The forced move to online learning in the arrival and persistence of the COVID-19 pandemic underscored the present lack of models for fully online general chemistry laboratory courses. While there exist a fair number of simulation platforms, video libraries, and one-off virtual experiments, a lack of complete general chemistry lab online courses…
Descriptors: Synchronous Communication, Online Courses, COVID-19, Pandemics
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Patrick, Amanda L. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2020
Mass spectrometry is one of the few instrumental analysis techniques that can be relatively well-understood with physics/chemistry knowledge typical of an advanced high school or a beginning undergraduate student. This positions mass spectrometry well to be used as a bridge between abstract concepts typically set as learning goals in courses at…
Descriptors: Measurement, Measurement Equipment, Science Equipment, Science Instruction
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Villanueva, Omar; Behmke, Derek A.; Simmons, J. D.; Rashad, Morris; Anfuso, Chantelle; Woodbridge, C. M.; Guo, Ying – Journal of Chemical Education, 2020
Georgia Gwinnett College (GGC) is an open-access, four-year, public liberal arts college that emphasizes excellent instruction through active learning and small class sizes. The COVID-19 pandemic presented unique challenges to GGC general chemistry instructors as they sought to actively engage students in a new online setting. We reflect on the…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Electronic Learning, Chemistry
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Van Duser, Kyle E.; Yan, Xiaofei; Lucas, Chris M.; Cohen, Shoshana K. – College Student Journal, 2021
This quantitative exploratory study investigated factors related to the fail rate of first-year students in Introduction to General Chemistry courses (CHEM 1xx) at a mid-sized public research university. This course represents a gateway course for many scientific, medical, and healthcare majors. The sample consisted of 595 undergraduate students…
Descriptors: Introductory Courses, Chemistry, College Science, College Freshmen
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Petrosko, Sarah Hurst; Coleman, Benjamin D.; Drout, Riki J.; Schultz, Jonathan D.; Mirkin, Chad A. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2021
Nanoscience and technology research offer exciting avenues to modernize undergraduate-level General Chemistry curricula. In particular, spherical nucleic acid (SNA) nanoconjugates, which behave as "programmable atom equivalents" (PAEs) in the context of colloidal crystals, are one system that one can use to reinforce foundational…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Molecular Structure, Technology, Undergraduate Students
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Breakall, Jared; Randles, Christopher; Tasker, Roy – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2019
Multiple-choice (MC) exams are common in undergraduate general chemistry courses in the United States and are known for being difficult to construct. With their extensive use in the general chemistry classroom, it is important to ensure that these exams are valid measures of what chemistry students know and can do. One threat to MC exam validity…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Chemistry, College Science, Undergraduate Study
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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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Stieff, Mike; Werner, Stephanie M.; Fink, Bill; Meador, Dianne – Journal of Chemical Education, 2018
This paper examines the effectiveness of adding an online component to the general chemistry laboratory in which students view prelaboratory instructional materials through online videos prior to completing general chemistry laboratory activities. Using a quasi-experimental design, we compared the performance of 1089 general chemistry students who…
Descriptors: Video Technology, Electronic Learning, Student Improvement, Laboratory Procedures
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Fink, Angela; Frey, Regina F.; Solomon, Erin D. – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2020
Feeling a sense of belonging in a learning environment can have positive effects on student success. The impact of this psychosocial variable on undergraduates' achievement and retention has been demonstrated in STEM disciplines, especially for women within physical sciences where large disparities in gender representation persist. The current…
Descriptors: Sense of Community, Chemistry, Grade Prediction, Science Achievement
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Melaku, Samuel; Dabke, Rajeev B. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2021
Interlocking toy building blocks (e.g., Lego) as chemistry teaching modules are presented. Interlocking building blocks were assembled on a baseplate to depict chemistry concepts of Lewis structures, chemical bonding, conjugate acid-base pairs, types of chemical reactions, irregularity in ionization energy trends, and the decay of a radioactive…
Descriptors: Toys, Teaching Methods, Undergraduate Students, Introductory Courses
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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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