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Sjo¨stro¨m, Jesper; Eilks, Ingo; Talanquer, Vicente – Journal of Chemical Education, 2020
The decisions and actions that chemistry educators make regarding why, what, how, and when to teach certain content or implement a specific instructional activity are often guided, but also constrained, by explicit or implicit "didaktik models". These types of models direct our attention and actions when designing curricula, planning for…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Educational Philosophy, Models, Science Education
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Talanquer, Vicente; Bucat, Robert; Tasker, Roy; Mahaffy, Peter G. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has fundamentally changed many aspects of our world including the way we teach chemistry. Our emergence from the pandemic provides an opportunity for deep reflection and intentional action about what we teach, and why, as well as how we facilitate student learning. Focusing on foundational postsecondary chemistry courses, we…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Educational Change, Resilience (Psychology)
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Murray, Stephanie A.; Huie, Robert; Lewis, Rebecca; Balicki, Scott; Clinchot, Michael; Banks, Gregory; Talanquer, Vicente; Sevian, Hannah – Journal of Chemical Education, 2020
Formative assessment is an important component of teaching as it enables teachers to foster student learning by uncovering, interpreting, and advancing student thinking. In this work, we sought to characterize how experienced chemistry teachers notice and interpret student thinking shown in written work, and how they respond to what they learn…
Descriptors: Formative Evaluation, Attention, Science Teachers, Middle School Teachers
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Macrie-Shuck, Michael; Talanquer, Vicente – Journal of Chemical Education, 2020
The ability to build mechanistic explanations of natural phenomena is highly valued in all scientific disciplines, including chemistry. In this paper, we summarize the results of a qualitative study designed to characterize the nature of the mechanistic explanations built by college General Chemistry students when analyzing a physical process…
Descriptors: Energy, Chemistry, Science Education, Science Instruction
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Kim, Young Ae; Monroe, Emily; Nielsen, Hayley; Cox, Jonathan; Southard, Katelyn M.; Elfring, Lisa; Blowers, Paul; Talanquer, Vicente – Journal of Chemical Education, 2020
Formative assessment has been proven to be highly effective in improving student understanding. Nevertheless, many instructors struggle to engage in this practice, particularly when working in large-enrollment classrooms. To facilitate and foster the implementation of formative assessment in chemistry courses, undergraduate students at our…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Ability, Data Collection, Data Interpretation
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Scalco, Karina C.; Talanquer, Vicente; Kiill, Keila B.; Cordeiro, Marcia R. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2018
We present the results of a qualitative research study designed to explore differences in the types of reasoning triggered by information presented to chemistry students in two different formats. One group of students was asked to analyze a sequence of images designed to represent critical elements in the explanation of a target phenomenon.…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Abstract Reasoning, Sequential Approach, Science Process Skills
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Talanquer, Vicente; Pollard, John – Journal of Chemical Education, 2017
Calls for educational reform in undergraduate STEM education have become more prominent in recent years, particularly in introductory/foundational courses. Such reform efforts were initiated 10 years ago in the general chemistry program at the University of Arizona. In this contribution, we describe the major successes and challenges encountered…
Descriptors: Educational Change, College Science, Undergraduate Study, Chemistry
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Heisterkamp, Kimberly; Talanquer, Vicente – Journal of Chemical Education, 2015
The central goal of this study was to characterize major patterns of reasoning exhibited by college chemistry students when analyzing and interpreting chemical data. Using a case study approach, we investigated how a representative student used chemical models to explain patterns in the data based on structure-property relationships. Our results…
Descriptors: College Students, Science Education, Chemistry, Data Interpretation
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Banks, Gregory; Clinchot, Michael; Cullipher, Steven; Huie, Robert; Lambertz, Jennifer; Lewis, Rebecca; Ngai, Courtney; Sevian, Hannah; Szteinberg, Gabriela; Talanquer, Vicente; Weinrich, Melissa – Journal of Chemical Education, 2015
Making decisions about the production and use of chemical substances is of central importance in many fields. In this study, a research team comprising teachers and educational researchers collaborated in collecting and analyzing cognitive interviews with students from 8th grade through first-year university general chemistry in an effort to map…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Science Instruction, Secondary School Science, Problem Solving
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Sjöström, Jesper; Talanquer, Vicente – Journal of Chemical Education, 2014
Chemistry teaching has traditionally been weakly connected to everyday life, technology, society, and history and philosophy of science. This article highlights knowledge areas and perspectives needed by the humanistic (and critical-reflexive) chemistry teacher. Different humanistic approaches in chemistry teaching, from simple contextualization…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Science Instruction, Humanistic Education, Science Teachers
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Talanquer, Vicente; Sevian, Hannah – Journal of Chemical Education, 2014
Science education frameworks and standards play a central role in the development of curricula and assessments, as well as in guiding teaching practices in grades K-12. Recently, the National Research Council published a new Framework for K-12 Science Education that has guided the development of the Next Generation Science Standards. In this…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Chemistry, Academic Standards, Elementary Secondary Education
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Szteinberg, Gabriela; Balicki, Scott; Banks, Gregory; Clinchot, Michael; Cullipher, Steven; Huie, Robert; Lambertz, Jennifer; Lewis, Rebecca; Ngai, Courtney; Weinrich, Melissa; Talanquer, Vicente; Sevian, Hannah – Journal of Chemical Education, 2014
Professional development that bridges gaps between educational research and practice is needed. However, bridging gaps can be difficult because teachers and educational researchers often belong to different Communities of Practice, as their activities, goals, and means of achieving those goals often differ. Meaningful collaboration among teachers…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Faculty Development, Educational Research, Researchers
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Talanquer, Vicente – Journal of Chemical Education, 2013
Chemistry students and teachers often explain the chemical reactivity of atoms, molecules, and chemical substances in terms of purposes or needs (e.g., atoms want or need to gain, lose, or share electrons in order to become more stable). These teleological explanations seem to have pedagogical value as they help students understand and use…
Descriptors: Chemistry, College Students, Preferences, Scientific Concepts
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Talanquer, Vicente – Journal of Chemical Education, 2013
The chemistry knowledge that we want our students to develop is rich, complex, and multifaceted. However, some teachers and instructors at the secondary school and college levels approach it in rather rigid and unidimensional ways. The central goal of this contribution is to describe and discuss 10 different complementary perspectives or…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Introductory Courses, Educational Practices, Teaching Methods
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Young, Krista K.; Talanquer, Vicente – Journal of Chemical Education, 2013
Teaching reform efforts in chemistry education often involve engaging students in small-group activities of different types. This study focused on the analysis of how activity type affected the nature of group conversations. In particular, we analyzed the small-group conversations of students enrolled in a chemistry course for nonscience majors.…
Descriptors: Group Activities, Small Group Instruction, Group Discussion, Chemistry
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