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Apugliese, Andrew; Lewis, Scott E. – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2017
Meta-analysis can provide a robust description of the impact of educational reforms and also offer an opportunity to explore the conditions where such reforms are more or less effective. This article describes a meta-analysis on the impact of cooperative learning on students' chemistry understanding. Modifiers in the meta-analysis are purposefully…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Science Instruction, Meta Analysis, Cooperative Learning
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Agustian, Hendra Y.; Seery, Michael K. – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2017
In this article we summarise over 60 reports and research articles on pre-laboratory activities in higher education chemistry. In the first section of the review, we categorise these activities as follows. First are those intending to introduce chemical concepts, that typically take the form of a pre-laboratory lecture, pre-laboratory quizzes, and…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Chemistry, Science Laboratories, College Science
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Bain, Kinsey; Towns, Marcy H. – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2016
We review literature on the teaching and learning of chemical kinetics at both the secondary and tertiary levels. Our aim in doing so is to summarize research literature, synthesize recommendations for future research, and suggest implications for practitioners. Two main bodies of literature emerged from the chemical kinetics education research:…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Chemistry, Kinetics, Scientific Concepts
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Hoe, Kai Yee; Subramaniam, R. – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2016
This study presents an analysis of alternative conceptions (ACs) on acid--base chemistry harbored by grade 9 students in Singapore. The ACs were obtained by the development and validation of a 4-tier diagnostic instrument. It is among the very few studies in the science education literature that have focused on examining results based also on…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Secondary School Students, Secondary School Science, Chemistry
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Yuriev, Elizabeth; Capuano, Ben; Short, Jennifer L. – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2016
Chemistry is a technical scientific discipline strongly underpinned by its own complex and diverse language. To be successful in the problem-solving aspects of chemistry, students must master the language of chemistry, and in particular, the definition of terms and concepts. To assist students in this challenging task, a variety of instructional…
Descriptors: Puzzles, Vocabulary Development, Chemistry, Science Instruction
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Seery, Michael K. – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2015
Flipped learning has grown in popularity in recent years as a mechanism of incorporating an active learning environment in classrooms and lecture halls. There has been an increasing number of reports for flipped learning in chemistry at higher education institutions. The purpose of this review is to survey these reports with a view to examining…
Descriptors: College Science, Chemistry, Science Instruction, Homework
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Quiroz, Waldo; Rubilar, Cristian Merino – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2015
This study develops a tool to identify errors in the presentation of natural laws based on the epistemology and ontology of the Scientific Realism of Mario Bunge. The tool is able to identify errors of different types: (1) epistemological, in which the law is incorrectly presented as data correlation instead of as a pattern of causality; (2)…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Scientific Concepts, Scientific Principles, Error Patterns
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Kapici, Hasan Özgür; Savasci-Açikalin, Funda – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2015
Textbooks are one of the primary teaching tools frequently used in schools and most teachers use them in their classrooms (Sanchez and Valcarcel, 1999). Since there are a lot of abstract concepts in science education, images in science textbooks play a vital role in the learning process (Kenan et al., 2011). Concretization of abstract concepts may…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Instruction, Middle Schools, Secondary School Science
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Greca, Ileana M.; Freire, Olival, Jr. – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2014
Finding the best ways to introduce quantum physics to undergraduate students in all scientific areas, in particular for chemistry students, is a pressing, but hardly a simple task. In this paper, we discuss the relevance of taking into account lessons from the history of the discipline and the ongoing controversy over its interpretations and…
Descriptors: Introductory Courses, Quantum Mechanics, Physics, Chemistry
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Barradas-Solas, Francisco; Gomez, Pedro J. Sanchez – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2014
Students' understanding of the orbital concept has been subject to considerable research and debate and often found at variance with a quantum mechanical ideal. Could it be the case that orbitals as actually used by practising chemists in teaching and research also differ from that ideal? Our experience shows that this might often be the case.…
Descriptors: Scientific Concepts, Instructional Material Evaluation, Molecular Structure, Visual Aids
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Bain, Kinsey; Moon, Alena; Mack, Michael R.; Towns, Marcy H. – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2014
We review previous research on the teaching and learning of thermodynamics in upper-level, undergraduate settings. As chemistry education researchers we use physical chemistry as a context for understanding the literature. During our synthesis four themes of research emerged: factors that influence student success in learning thermodynamics,…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, College Science, Thermodynamics, Chemistry
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Nyachwaya, James M.; Wood, Nathan B. – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2014
That different levels of representation are important for complete understanding of chemistry is an accepted fact in the chemistry education community. This study sought to uncover types of representations used in given physical chemistry textbooks. Textbooks play a central role in the teaching and learning of science (chemistry), and in some…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Textbooks, Textbook Content, Chemistry
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Tsaparlis, Georgios – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2014
Jensen's scheme for the logical structure of chemistry is taken as reference to study the logical structure of physical chemistry. The scheme distinguishes three dimensions (composition and structure, energy, and time), with each dimension treated at one of the three levels (molar, molecular, and electrical). Such a structure places the outer…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Textbooks, Science Instruction, Phenomenology
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Teo, Tang Wee; Goh, Mei Ting; Yeo, Leck Wee – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2014
This paper presents findings from a content analysis of 650 empirical chemistry education research papers published in two top-tiered chemistry education journals "Chemistry Education Research and Practice" and "Journal of Chemical Education," and four top-tiered science education journals "International Journal of Science…
Descriptors: Journal Articles, Chemistry, Science Education, Trend Analysis
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Dori, Yehudit Judy; Sasson, Irit – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2013
This paper presents Part I of a two-part study. This first part reviews the literature of transfer of learning as one of the major goals of instruction. Transfer refers to students' ability to apply knowledge and skills in new learning contexts. The literature suggests partially or non-overlapping definitions, and empirical studies on transfer…
Descriptors: Literature Reviews, Transfer of Training, Classification, Definitions
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