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George-Williams, Stephen R.; Soo, Jue T.; Ziebell, Angela L.; Thompson, Christopher D.; Overton, Tina L. – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2018
Many examples exist in the chemical education literature of individual experiments, whole courses or even entire year levels that have been completely renewed under the tenets of context-based, inquiry-based or problem-based learning. The benefits of these changes are well documented and include higher student engagement, broader skill development…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Problem Based Learning, Foreign Countries, Chemistry
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Faulconer, E. K.; Griffith, J. C.; Wood, B. L.; Acharyya, S.; Roberts, D. L. – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2018
While the equivalence between online and traditional classrooms has been well researched, very little effort has been expended to do such comparisons for college level introductory chemistry. The existing literature has only one study that investigated chemistry lectures at an entire course level as opposed to particular course components such as…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Electronic Learning, Conventional Instruction, Comparative Analysis
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Liu, Yujuan; Raker, Jeffrey R.; Lewis, Jennifer E. – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2018
Academic Motivation Scale-Chemistry (AMS-Chemistry), an instrument based on the self-determination theory, was used to evaluate students' motivation in two organic chemistry courses, where one course was primarily lecture-based and the other implemented flipped classroom and peer-led team learning (Flip-PLTL) pedagogies. Descriptive statistics…
Descriptors: Student Motivation, Organic Chemistry, Blended Learning, Learning Motivation
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Hrin, Tamara; Milenkovic, Dušica; Segedinac, Mirjana – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2018
The importance of well elaborated cognitive structures in a science knowledge domain has been noted in many studies. Therefore, the main aim of this particular study was to employ a new diagrammatic assessment approach, students' generated systemic synthesis questions (SSynQs), to evaluate and compare the quality of high school students' and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, High School Students, Preservice Teachers, Cognitive Structures
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Ryoo, Kihyun; Toutkoushian, Emily; Bedell, Kristin – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2018
Energy and matter are fundamental, yet challenging concepts in middle school chemistry due to their abstract, unobservable nature. Although it is important for science teachers to elicit a range of students' ideas to design and revise their instruction, capturing such varied ideas using traditional assessments consisting of multiple-choice items…
Descriptors: Energy, Scientific Concepts, Chemistry, Middle School Students
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Srougi, Melissa C.; Miller, Heather B. – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2018
Math skills vary greatly among students enrolled in introductory chemistry courses. Students with weak math skills (algebra and below) tend to perform poorly in introductory chemistry courses, which is correlated with increased attrition rates. Previous research has shown that retention of main ideas in a peer learning environment is greater when…
Descriptors: Peer Relationship, Cooperative Learning, Mathematics Skills, Introductory Courses
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Shamuganathana, Sheila; Karpudewan, Mageswary – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2017
Existing studies report on the importance of instilling environmental literacy among students from an early stage of schooling to enable them to adopt more pro-environmental behaviors in the near future. This quasi-experimental study was designed to compare the level of environmental literacy among two groups of students: the experimental group (N…
Descriptors: Secondary School Students, Secondary School Science, Environmental Education, Scientific Literacy
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Khaddoor, Rouba; Al-Amoush, Siham; Eilks, Ingo – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2017
This study investigates the nature of intended secondary chemistry curricula, as they are represented by chemistry textbooks, from seven Arabic countries: Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Palestine, Saudi Arabia and Syria. The curricula are evaluated through analysis of the officially approved 10th grade chemistry textbooks used nationwide in all…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Comparative Analysis, Science Curriculum, Chemistry
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Canelas, Dorian A.; Hill, Jennifer L.; Novicki, Andrea – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2017
Science and engineering educators and employers agree that students should graduate from college with expertise in their major subject area as well as the skills and competencies necessary for productive participation in diverse work environments. These competencies include problem-solving, communication, leadership, and collaboration, among…
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Organic Chemistry, Achievement Gains, Transfer of Training
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Park, Mihwa; Liu, Xiufeng; Smith, Erica; Waight, Noemi – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2017
This study reports the effect of computer models as formative assessment on high school students' understanding of the nature of models. Nine high school teachers integrated computer models and associated formative assessments into their yearlong high school chemistry course. A pre-test and post-test of students' understanding of the nature of…
Descriptors: Formative Evaluation, Pretests Posttests, Computer Assisted Instruction, Teaching Methods
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Williamson, Vickie M.; Zumalt, Caitlin J. – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2017
Two large sections of first-semester general chemistry were assigned to use different homework systems. One section used MindTap, a Cengage Learning product, which presents short sections of the textbook with embedded homework questions; such that students could read the textbook section then answer one or more questions in the same screen. The…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Science Instruction, Homework, Textbooks
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Cooper, A. Kat; Oliver-Hoyo, M. T. – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2016
Argument construction is a valuable ability for explaining scientific phenomena and introducing argumentation skills as part of a curriculum can greatly enhance student understanding by promoting self-reflection on the topic under investigation. This article aims to use argument construction as a technique to support an activity designed to…
Descriptors: Persuasive Discourse, Rhetorical Invention, Scientific Literacy, Scientific Principles
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Anzovino, Mary E.; Bretz, Stacey Lowery – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2016
Organic chemistry students struggle with multiple aspects of reaction mechanisms and the curved arrow notation used by organic chemists. Many faculty believe that an understanding of nucleophiles and electrophiles, among other concepts, is required before students can develop fluency with the electronpushing formalism (EPF). An expert concept map…
Descriptors: Organic Chemistry, Concept Mapping, Scientific Concepts, Molecular Structure
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Canac, Sophie; Kermen, Isabelle – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2016
Learning chemistry includes learning the language of chemistry (names, formulae, symbols, and chemical equations) which has to be done in connection with the other areas of chemical knowledge. In this study we investigate how French students understand and use names (of chemical species and common mixtures) and chemical formulae. We set a paper…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Chemistry, Language, Comprehension
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Cink, Ruth B.; Song, Youngjin – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2016
This multiple case study investigated how college students with diverse ethno-linguistic backgrounds used chemistry vocabulary as a way to look at their discursive identities and cultural border crossings during first semester general chemistry laboratories. The data were collected in two major forms: video-taped laboratory observations and…
Descriptors: Vocabulary, Language Usage, Chemistry, Science Laboratories
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