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Winkelmann, Kurt; Baloga, Monica; Marcinkowski, Tom; Giannoulis, Christos; Anquandah, George; Cohen, Peter – Journal of Chemical Education, 2015
Research projects conducted by faculty in STEM departments served as the inspiration for a new curriculum of inquiry-based, multiweek laboratory modules in the general chemistry 1 course. The purpose of this curriculum redesign was to improve students' attitudes about chemistry as well as their self-efficacy and skills in performing inquiry…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Science Process Skills, Skill Development, Self Efficacy
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Smith, J. Dominic – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2013
The idea of ''flipping the classroom'' to make class time more engaging and student-centred has gained ground in recent years. The lecture portion of General Chemistry I and General Chemistry II courses were pushed outside the classroom using pre-recording technology and streaming delivery of content, in order to make in-class time more…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Chemistry, Teaching Methods, Classroom Techniques
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Damkaci, Fehmi; Braun, Timothy F.; Gublo, Kristin – Journal of Chemical Education, 2017
We describe the design and implementation of an undergraduate peer mentor program that can overlay an existing general chemistry laboratory and is designed to improve STEM student retention. For the first four freshman cohorts going through the program, year-to-year retention improved by a four-year average of 20% for students in peer-mentored…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, College Science, Science Instruction, Chemistry
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Tomasik, Janice Hall; Cottone, Katelyn E.; Heethuis, Mitchell T.; Mueller, Anja – Journal of Chemical Education, 2013
Incorporating research-based lab activities into general chemistry at a large university can be challenging, considering the high enrollments and costs typically associated with the courses. Performing sweeping curricular overhauls of the general chemistry laboratory can be difficult, and in some cases discouraged, as many would rather maintain…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, College Science, Undergraduate Study, Chemistry
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Srinivasan, Shalini; Reisner, Barbara A.; Smith, Sheila R.; Stewart, Joanne L.; Johnson, Adam R.; Lin, Shirley; Marek, Keith A.; Nataro, Chip; Murphy, Kristen L.; Raker, Jeffrey R. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2018
ACS Examinations provide a lens through which to examine historical changes in topic coverage via analyses of course-specific examinations. This study is an extension of work completed previously by the ACS Exams Research Staff and collaborators in general chemistry, organic chemistry, and physical chemistry to explore content changes in the…
Descriptors: Inorganic Chemistry, Science Instruction, Spatial Ability, College Science
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Melaku, Samuel; Schreck, James O.; Griffin, Kameron; Dabke, Rajeev B. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2016
Interlocking toy building blocks (e.g., Lego) as chemistry learning modules for blind and visually impaired (BVI) students in high school and undergraduate introductory or general chemistry courses are presented. Building blocks were assembled on a baseplate to depict the relative changes in the periodic properties of elements. Modules depicting…
Descriptors: Toys, Hands on Science, Visual Impairments, Blindness
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Saslow Gomez, Sarah A.; Faurie-Wisniewski, Danielle; Parsa, Arlen; Spitz, Jeff; Spitz, Jennifer Amdur; Loeb, Nancy C.; Geiger, Franz M. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2015
The classroom exercise outlined here is a self-directed assignment that connects students to the environmental contamination problem surrounding the DePue Superfund site. By connecting chemistry knowledge gained in the classroom with a real-world problem, students are encouraged to personally connect with the problem while simultaneously…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Assignments, Environmental Standards, Pollution
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Alci, Bulent – Educational Research and Reviews, 2015
This study aims to determine the predictive and explanatory model in terms of university students' academic performance in "General Chemistry" course and their motivational features. The participants were 169 university students in the 1st grade at university. Of the participants, 132 were female and 37 were male students. Regarding…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Chemistry, College Science, College Students
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Versprille, Ashley N.; Towns, Marcy H. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2015
While much is known about secondary students' perspectives of climate change, rather less is known about undergraduate students' perspectives. The purpose of this study is to investigate general chemistry students' understanding of the chemistry underlying climate change. Findings that emerged from the analysis of the 24 interviews indicate that…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Science Instruction, Climate, Environment
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Yalaki, Yalcin; Bayram, Zeki – International Journal of Research in Education and Science, 2015
Formative assessment or assessment for learning is one of the most emphasized educational innovations around the world. Two of the common strategies that could be used in formative assessment are use of summative tests for formative purposes and comment only marking. We utilized these strategies in the form of formative quizzes in a general…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preservice Teachers, Elementary School Teachers, Student Evaluation
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Versprille, Ashley; Zabih, Adam; Holme, Thomas A.; McKenzie, Lallie; Mahaffy, Peter; Martin, Brian; Towns, Marcy – Journal of Chemical Education, 2017
Climate change is one of the most critical problems facing citizens today. Chemistry faculty are presented with the problem of making general chemistry content simultaneously relevant and interesting. Using climate science to teach chemistry allows faculty to help students learn chemistry content in a rich context. Concepts related to…
Descriptors: Climate, Chemistry, Science Instruction, Test Construction
Shweikeh, Eman – ProQuest LLC, 2014
Over the past 50 years, considerable research has been dedicated to chemistry education. In evaluating principal chemistry courses in higher education, educators have noted the learning process for first-year general chemistry courses may be challenging. The current study investigated perceptions of faculty, students and administrators on…
Descriptors: College Science, Science Instruction, Chemistry, Action Research
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Jewitt, Sarah; Sutphin, Kathy; Gierasch, Tiffany; Hamilton, Pauline; Lilly, Kathleen; Miller, Kristine; Newlin, Donald; Pires, Richard; Sherer, Maureen; LaCourse, William R. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2018
This article examines the ways that a shared faculty experience across five partner institutions led to a deep awareness of the curriculum and pedagogy of general chemistry coursework, and ultimately, to a collaborative action plan for student success. The team identified key differences and similarities in course content and instructional…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Chemistry, Curriculum, Success
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Martin, Christopher B.; Vandehoef, Crissie; Cook, Allison – Journal of Chemical Education, 2015
A hands-on activity appropriate for first-semester general chemistry students is presented that combines traditional VSEPR methods of predicting molecular geometries with introductory use of molecular modeling. Students analyze a series of previously calculated output files consisting of several molecules each in various geometries. Each structure…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Hands on Science, Science Activities, Molecular Structure
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MacArthur, James R.; Jones, Loretta – Journal of Chemical Education, 2013
Student interviews, focus groups, and classroom observations were used in an exploratory study of the nature of student interactions in a large (300+ students) general chemistry course taught with clickers. These data suggest that students are self-assembling their learning environment: choosing ways in which to interact with one another during…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Interviews, Focus Groups, Undergraduate Students
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