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Oliver-Hoyo, Maria; Babilonia-Rosa, Melissa A. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2017
Decades of research have demonstrated the correlation of spatial abilities to chemistry achievement and career selection. Nonetheless, reviews have highlighted the need and scarcity of explicit spatial instruction to promote spatial skills. Therefore, the goal of this literature review is to summarize what has been done during the past decade in…
Descriptors: Spatial Ability, Chemistry, Biochemistry, College Science
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Dick-Perez, Marilu; Luxford, Cynthia J.; Windus, Theresa L.; Holme, Thomas – Journal of Chemical Education, 2016
A 14-item, multiple-choice diagnostic assessment tool, the quantum chemistry concept inventory or QCCI, is presented. Items were developed based on published student misconceptions and content coverage and then piloted and used in advanced physical chemistry undergraduate courses. In addition to the instrument itself, data from both a pretest,…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Science Instruction, Multiple Choice Tests, Undergraduate Students
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Harle, Marissa; Towns, Marcy – Journal of Chemical Education, 2011
Chemists and scientists use spatial abilities as part of the way they understand and communicate their subject areas. A review of the foundational research literature in spatial ability and its connections to chemistry as a field and chemical education research allows for the formulation of implications for teaching in chemistry. (Contains 7…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Spatial Ability, Literature, Science Instruction