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Barrett, Seth M.; Szalay, Paul S.; Zook-Gerdau, Lois Anne; Schurter, Eric J. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2020
In the first-year general chemistry laboratory course, instrumental data collection involving sample quantification has often been limited to absorption spectroscopy due to the inaccessibility of emission techniques suitable for large enrollments and novice users. In this laboratory experiment, students explore the complementary techniques of…
Descriptors: Spectroscopy, Science Instruction, Chemistry, Science Laboratories
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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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Zowada, Christian; Gulacar, Ozcan; Eilks, Ingo – Journal of Chemical Education, 2018
This paper presents a case study that investigated students' perceptions on the integration of a socio-scientific issue into a general chemistry course at a public university located in northwestern California. The teaching intervention is based on a digital learning environment structured by the software Prezi that students used to explore the…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Chemistry, Secondary School Science, High Schools
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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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Shultz, Ginger V.; Gottfried, Amy C.; Winschel, Grace A. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2015
General chemistry is a gateway course that impacts the STEM trajectory of tens of thousands of students each year, and its role in the introductory curriculum as well as its pedagogical design are the center of an ongoing debate. To investigate the role of general chemistry in the curriculum, we report the results of a posthoc analysis of 10 years…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Introductory Courses, Relevance (Education), Student Records
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Alivio, Theodore E. G.; Howard, Emily; Mamiya, Blain; Williamson, Vickie M. – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2020
Arithmetic skills are without a doubt integral to a student's success or failure in first-semester general chemistry. The MUST (Math-Up Skills Test) is a powerful tool for assessing a student's arithmetic logic and therefore serves as a great predictor for at-risk students. Early math reviews at the start of the semester are thought to help…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Skills, Arithmetic, Science Achievement
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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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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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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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Cosio, Mario N.; Williamson, Vickie M. – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2019
The goal of this study was to investigate the timing of online homework completion and its effects on student performance. Data was collected from two large, first-semester general chemistry sections at a southwestern university. Specifically, this study aims to explore the link between when students complete their homework relative to the date…
Descriptors: Homework, Chemistry, Science Instruction, Introductory Courses
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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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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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Fitzgerald, Jeffrey P.; Ferrante, Robert F.; Brown, Michael; Cabarrus, Jonathan – Journal of Chemical Education, 2020
The concept of equilibrium vapor pressure plays a key role in the general chemistry curriculum; it is among the first and most easily demonstrated examples of equilibrium and frequently caps off the first semester of general chemistry where it illustrates the properties of liquids and intermolecular forces. We report here simple modifications of…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Chemistry, Science Experiments, Science Laboratories
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DeKorver, Brittland K.; Towns, Marcy H. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2015
Little research exists on college students' learning goals in chemistry, let alone specifically pertaining to laboratory coursework. Because students' learning goals are linked to achievement and dependent on context, research on students' goals in the laboratory context may lead to better understanding about the efficacy of lab curricula. This…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, College Science, Science Laboratories, Teaching Methods
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Reed, Jessica J.; Villafan~e, Sachel M.; Raker, Jeffrey R.; Holme, Thomas A.; Murphy, Kristen L. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2017
General chemistry courses are often the foundation for the study of other science disciplines and upper-level chemistry concepts. Students who take introductory chemistry courses are more often from health and science-related fields than chemistry. As such, the content taught and assessed in general chemistry courses is envisioned as building…
Descriptors: Science Tests, Chemistry, Test Items, Test Content
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