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DeCocq, Victoria; Bhattacharyya, Gautam – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2019
We report our qualitative study of twenty-four students enrolled in the second-semester of a second-year undergraduate (sophomore-level) organic chemistry course, Organic Two. We asked the research participants to propose the product and electron-pushing mechanism of elementary mechanistic steps in the absence and presence of the corresponding…
Descriptors: Organic Chemistry, Undergraduate Students, College Science, Teaching Methods
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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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Sevian, Hannah; Couture, Steven – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2018
Problem solving is lauded as beneficial, but students do not all learn well by solving problems. Using the resources framework, Tuminaro J., and Redish E. F., (2007), Elements of a cognitive model of physics problem solving: Epistemic games, "Physical Review Special Topics-Physics Education Research," 3(2), 020101 suggested that, for…
Descriptors: Problem Solving, Physics, Science Instruction, Educational Games
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Popova, Maia; Bretz, Stacey Lowery – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2018
Organic chemistry students struggle with understanding the energetics of chemical reactions. Reaction coordinate diagrams are one tool that is widely used in organic chemistry classrooms to assist students with visualizing and explaining the energy changes that take place throughout a reaction. Thirty-six students enrolled in organic chemistry II…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Organic Chemistry, Knowledge Level, Scientific Concepts
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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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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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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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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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Graulich, Nicole – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2015
Organic chemistry education is one of the youngest research areas among all chemistry related research efforts, and its published scholarly work has become vibrant and diverse over the last 15 years. Research on problem-solving behavior, students' use of the arrow-pushing formalism, the investigation of students' conceptual knowledge and…
Descriptors: Organic Chemistry, Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts, Problem Solving
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Cavalli, G.; Hamerton, I.; Lygo-Baker, S. – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2015
Following collaboration between two chemistry lecturers and an academic developer an attempt was made to enhance the learning of students within a chemistry module through the adaptation of the delivery of content material. This paper reports a piece of practitioner led research which considered how effective the approach developed was upon the…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Science Instruction, Plastics, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Ültay, Neslihan; Durukan, Ümmü Gülsüm; Ültay, Eser – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2015
This study aimed to investigate the effect of conceptual change text (CCT) in the REACT strategy for students' conceptions of solutions. A quasi-experimental method was used in the study. The study was carried out in the spring term of the 2012-2013 academic year with 61 freshmen students (aged 18-20 years) studying in the Elementary Education…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Chemistry, Quasiexperimental Design, College Freshmen
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Salah, Hazzi; Dumon, Alain – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2014
The concept of covalent bonding is characterized by an interconnected knowledge framework based on Lewis and quantum models of atoms and molecules. Several research studies have shown that students at all levels of chemistry learning find the quantum model to be one of the most difficult subjects to understand. We have tried in this paper to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Molecular Structure, Science Instruction, Questionnaires
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