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Bain, Kinsey; Rodriguez, Jon-Marc G.; Moon, Alena; Towns, Marcy H. – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2018
Chemical kinetics is a highly quantitative content area that involves the use of multiple mathematical representations to model processes and is a context that is under-investigated in the literature. This qualitative study explored undergraduate student integration of chemistry and mathematics during problem solving in the context of chemical…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Science Instruction, Qualitative Research, Undergraduate Students
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Caspari, I.; Weinrich, M. L.; Sevian, H.; Graulich, N. – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2018
If an organic chemistry student explains that she represents a mechanistic step because ''it's a productive part of the mechanism,'' what meaning could the professor teaching the class attribute to this statement, what is actually communicated, and what does it mean for the student? The professor might think that the explanation is based on…
Descriptors: Organic Chemistry, Abstract Reasoning, Science Process Skills, Scientific Attitudes
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Weinrich, M. L.; Sevian, H. – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2017
Students often struggle with solving mechanism problems in organic chemistry courses. They frequently focus on surface features, have difficulty attributing meaning to symbols, and do not recognize tasks that are different from the exact tasks practiced. To be more successful, students need to be able to extract salient features, map similarities…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Organic Chemistry, Problem Solving, Scientific Concepts
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Harsh, Joseph; Esteb, John J.; Maltese, Adam V. – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2017
National calls in science, technology, engineering, and technology education reform efforts have advanced the wide-scale engagement of students in undergraduate research for the preparation of a workforce and citizenry able to attend to the challenges of the 21st century. Awareness of the potential benefits and costs of these experiences has led…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Science Instruction, Undergraduate Students, Student Research
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Yuriev, Elizabeth; Naidu, Som; Schembri, Luke S.; Short, Jennifer L. – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2017
To scaffold the development of problem-solving skills in chemistry, chemistry educators are exploring a variety of instructional techniques. In this study, we have designed, implemented, and evaluated a problem-solving workflow--''Goldilocks Help''. This workflow builds on work done in the field of problem solving in chemistry and provides…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Science Instruction, Problem Solving, Skill Development
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Akkuzu, Nalan; Uyulgan, Melis Arzu – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2017
The current study examines the performance and achievement of students in the Systematic Qualitative Analyses of Cations (SQACs). We sought answers to questions such as, "What are the students' levels of performance?" and "What is the relation between the average scores for performance and achievement?." This was done by using…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Qualitative Research, Science Achievement, Inquiry
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Ouasri, Ali – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2017
This paper investigates the difficulties that Moroccan pupils (18-19) of the second Baccalaureate year encountered in solving chemical equilibrium problems relating to ethanoate ions' reactivity with water and methanoic acid, and to copper-aluminum cells. The pupils were asked to provide answers to questions derived from two problems. The…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Late Adolescents, Chemistry, Science Instruction
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Walker, J. P.; Sampson, V.; Southerland, S.; Enderle, P. J. – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2016
This study examines the extent to which the type of instruction used during a general chemistry laboratory course affects students' ability to use core ideas to engage in science practices. We use Ford's (2008) description of the nature of scientific practices to categorize what students do in the laboratory as either empirical or…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Laboratory Experiments, Laboratory Procedures, Intermode Differences
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Moon, A.; Stanford, C.; Cole, R.; Towns, M. – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2016
Recent science education reform efforts have emphasized scientific practices in addition to scientific knowledge. Less work has been done at the tertiary level to consider students' engagement in scientific practices. In this work, we consider physical chemistry students' engagement in argumentation and construction of causal explanations.…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Chemistry, Video Technology, Thermodynamics
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Repice, Michelle D.; Sawyer, R. Keith; Hogrebe, Mark C.; Brown, Patrick L.; Luesse, Sarah B.; Gealy, Daniel J.; Frey, Regina F. – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2016
Increasingly, studies are investigating the factors that influence student discourse in science courses, and specifically the mechanisms and discourse processes within small groups, to better understand the learning that takes place as students work together. This paper contributes to a growing body of research by analyzing how students engage in…
Descriptors: Small Group Instruction, Peer Teaching, Qualitative Research, Protocol Analysis
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Matijaševic, Igor; Korolija, Jasminka N.; Mandic, Ljuba M. – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2016
This paper describes the results achieved by high school seniors on an item which involves translation of the equation P = kT into a corresponding pictorial external representation. The majority of students (the classes of 2011, 2012 and 2013) did not give the correct answer to the multiple choice part of the translation item. They chose pictorial…
Descriptors: High School Seniors, Multiple Choice Tests, Interviews, Misconceptions
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Kostic, V. Dj.; Jovanovic, V. P. Stankov; Sekulic, T. M.; Takaci, Dj. B. – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2016
Problem solving in the field of quantitative composition of solutions (QCS), expressed as mass share and molar concentration, is essential for chemistry students. Since successful chemistry education is based on different mathematical contents, it is important to be proficient in both mathematical and chemistry concepts as well as interconnections…
Descriptors: Problem Solving, Chemistry, Science Instruction, Mathematical Concepts
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Irby, Stefan M.; Phu, Andy L.; Borda, Emily J.; Haskell, Todd R.; Steed, Nicole; Meyer, Zachary – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2016
There is much agreement among chemical education researchers that expertise in chemistry depends in part on the ability to coordinate understanding of phenomena on three levels: macroscopic (observable), sub-microscopic (atoms, molecules, and ions) and symbolic (chemical equations, graphs, etc.). We hypothesize this "level-coordination…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Formative Evaluation, Graduate Students, College Students
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Haglund, Jesper; Andersson, Staffan; Elmgren, Maja – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2016
Entropy is a central concept in thermodynamics, but has been found to be challenging to students due to its abstract nature and the fact that it is not part of students' everyday language. Interviews with three pairs of engineering students (N = 6) were conducted and video recorded regarding their interpretation and use of the entropy concept, one…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Scientific Concepts, Thermodynamics, Syntax
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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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