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Craney, Chris L.; Lau, Thomas; Nelson, William T.; Ghomeshi, Adrianna; Rust, James M.; de Groot, Robert M.; Dennis, Donovan P.; Robertson, Ellen; Kissel, Jessica – Journal of Chemical Education, 2020
The Japanese lesson study (JLS) model for curriculum development has seen limited application to middle school science classrooms. The JLS model was used to develop and refine three hands-on activities focused on four major eighth grade science topics from the California curriculum. Prior assessments of these topics showed limited understanding by…
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Middle School Students, Grade 8, Educational Change
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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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Marle, Peter D.; Decker, Lisa; Taylor, Victoria; Fitzpatrick, Kathleen; Khaliqi, David; Owens, Janel E.; Henry, Renee M. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2014
This paper discusses a K-12/university collaboration in which students participated in a four-day scenario-based summer STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) camp aimed at making difficult scientific concepts salient. This scenario, Jumpstart STEM-CSI: Chocolate Science Investigation (JSCSI), used open- and guided-inquiry…
Descriptors: Secondary School Science, Science Instruction, Learner Engagement, High School Students
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Miyauchi, Takuya; Kamata, Masahiro – Journal of Chemical Education, 2012
An educational demonstration shows the combustion of carbon to carbon dioxide and then the reduction of carbon dioxide to carbon. A melee diamond is the source of the carbon and the reaction is carried out in a closed flask. The demonstration helps students to realize that diamonds are made of carbon and that atoms do not change or vanish in…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Grade 8, Science Instruction, Middle School Students
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Meissner, Barbara; Bogner, Franz – Journal of Chemical Education, 2011
Although teachers in principle are prepared to make use of science centers, such excursions often fail to facilitate learning processes. Therefore, it is necessary to improve the link between science centers and schools. The design and evaluation of valuable outreach projects may enhance students' out-of-school science learning. In our study, we…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Teaching Centers, Grade 5, Grade 8