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Tekane, Rethabile; Pilcher, Lynne A.; Potgieter, Marietjie – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2020
Although the implementation of blended learning in organic chemistry is rapidly growing, thus far, there are few studies published on the evaluation of supplemental types of blend in organic chemistry. This report covers a phenomenographic study that was designed to evaluate a supplemental type of blended learning approach implemented in a…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Undergraduate Students, Student Attitudes, Preferences
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Gkitzia, Vasiliki; Salta, Katerina; Tzougraki, Chryssa – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2020
Meaningful understanding of chemistry, among others, includes the ability of an individual to think simultaneously at macroscopic, submicroscopic and symbolic levels, and this presupposes the competence to translate between different types of chemical representations. In this study, we investigated 11th grade Greek students' and 3rd year…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Science Instruction, Grade 11, Secondary School Science
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Dood, Amber J.; Dood, John C.; Cruz-Ramírez de Arellano, Daniel; Fields, Kimberly B.; Raker, Jeffrey R. – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2020
Assessments that aim to evaluate student understanding of chemical reactions and reaction mechanisms should ask students to construct written or oral explanations of mechanistic representations; students can reproduce pictorial mechanism representations with minimal understanding of the meaning of the representations. Grading such assessments is…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Student Evaluation, Regression (Statistics), Logical Thinking
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Danczak, Stephen M.; Thompson, Christopher D.; Overton, Tina L. – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2020
The importance of developing and assessing student critical thinking at university can be seen through its inclusion as a graduate attribute for universities and from research highlighting the value employers, educators and students place on demonstrating critical thinking skills. Critical thinking skills are seldom explicitly assessed at…
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills, Cognitive Tests, Test Construction
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Ross, James; Guerra, Evelyn; Gonzalez-Ramos, Sheila – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2020
There are numerous influential factors contributing to students' successful learning in introductory chemistry courses. One popularized factor is mathematical preparedness as gauged by a prerequisite mathematics grade or a standardized exam score. Less well known factors are students' attitude toward the subject of chemistry or students'…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Science Achievement, Chemistry, Introductory Courses
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Smith, K. Christopher; Alonso, Valeria – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2020
In this study a survey was developed to investigate students' engagement during general chemistry laboratory sessions. Aspects of engagement surveyed included cognitive, behavioral, and emotional engagement, and the survey items were focused on activities during the pre-laboratory introduction, laboratory procedures, and data collection.…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Undergraduate Students, Chemistry, Science Laboratories
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Talbert, Lance E.; Bonner, James; Mortezaei, Kiana; Guregyan, Cybill; Henbest, Grace; Eichler, Jack F. – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2020
In an effort to improve student conceptual understanding and help students better connect pre-existing knowledge to new ideas, a concept map assignment was implemented in a first-year college level general chemistry course. This implementation included a quasi-experiment that was carried out in discussion group recitation sections within a…
Descriptors: Concept Mapping, Chemistry, Science Instruction, Large Group Instruction
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Williamson, Vickie M.; Walker, Deborah Rush; Chuu, Eric; Broadway, Susan; Mamiya, Blain; Powell, Cynthia B.; Shelton, G. Robert; Weber, Rebecca; Dabney, Alan R.; Mason, Diana – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2020
First-semester general chemistry is a known "gatekeeper" course due to its high failure rate. These higher education courses are taken by students who for the most part are regularly admitted freshmen, yet many struggle to succeed. In this investigation researchers from six higher-education institutions of varied sizes with student…
Descriptors: Arithmetic, Mathematics Skills, College Science, Science Achievement
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Nennig, Hannah T.; Idárraga, Katrina L.; Salzer, Luke D.; Bleske-Rechek, April; Theisen, Roslyn M. – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2020
Despite recent interest in online learning, systematic comparisons of online learning environments with traditional classroom environments are limited, particularly in the sciences. Here, we report on a systematic comparison of an online and face-to-face classroom for a sophomore-level, lecture-only introductory inorganic chemistry course that is…
Descriptors: Inorganic Chemistry, Science Instruction, Student Attitudes, Online Courses
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Duffy, Erin M.; Cooper, Melanie M. – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2020
Inquiry-style laboratory courses, in which students engage in open-ended projects rather than a prescribed set of experimental steps ("cookbooks"), are becoming increasingly popular at the undergraduate level. Reformed curricula require reforms in training teachers; in the case of large universities, laboratory instructors are typically…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Chemistry, Science Laboratories
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Partanen, Lauri – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2020
This paper represents the second contribution from an action research study on a bachelor-level quantum chemistry and spectroscopy course. In the proposed instructional model, active learning principles are extended outside lectures to form a student-centred course structure. The new model resulted in superior learning outcomes compared to a class…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Student Centered Learning, Student Motivation
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Beck, Jordan P.; Muniz, Marc N.; Crickmore, Cassidy; Sizemore, Logan – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2020
Models that are used to predict and explain phenomena related to molecular vibration and rotation are ubiquitous in physical chemistry, and are of importance in many related fields. Yet, little work has been done to characterize student use and application of these models. We describe the results of a multi-year, multi-institutional qualitative…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Models, Science Instruction, Prediction
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Flaherty, A. A. – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2020
Organic Chemistry, Life, the Universe and Everything (OCLUE) is an undergraduate lecture-based organic chemistry course that has been transformed in line with the vision for science education set out by the 'Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts and Core Ideas' (National Research Council, 2012). OCLUE is designed…
Descriptors: Organic Chemistry, College Science, Undergraduate Study, Science Education
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Eitemüller, Carolin; Habig, Sebastian – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2020
Preparatory or bridging courses are widespread and have a long tradition at universities. They are designed to increase students' academic success -- in particular of students with low prior knowledge -- and to reduce dropout rates. However, critics of these short and compact bridging courses complain that preparatory courses are not able to fill…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, College Science, Chemistry, Transitional Programs
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Rodriguez, Jon-Marc G.; Stricker, Avery R.; Becker, Nicole M. – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2020
Explanations of phenomena in chemistry are grounded in discussions of particulate-level behavior, but there are limitations to focusing on single particles, or as an extension, viewing a group of particles as displaying uniform behavior. More sophisticated models of physical processes evoke considerations related to the dynamic nature of bulk…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Chemistry, Undergraduate Students, College Science
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