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Cherif, Abour H.; Siuda, JoElla E.; Kassem, Sana; Gialamas, Stefanos; Movahedzadeh, Farahnaz – Journal of Education and Practice, 2017
One way to help students understand the scientific inquiry process, and how it applies in investigative research, is to involve them in scientific investigation. An example of this would be letting them come to their own understanding of how different variables (e.g., starting products) can affect outcomes (e.g., variable quality end products)…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Active Learning, Concept Formation, Scientific Research
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Wang, Jessie J.; Nun´ez, Jose´ R. Rodríguez; Maxwell, E. Jane; Algar, W. Russ – Journal of Chemical Education, 2016
A guided-inquiry project designed to teach students the basics of spectrophotometric instrumentation at the second year level is presented. Students design, build, program, and test their own single-wavelength, submersible photometer using low-cost light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and inexpensive household items. A series of structured prelaboratory…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Undergraduate Study, College Science, Science Laboratories
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Hoang, Giang T.; Kubo, Tomohiro; Young, Victor G., Jr.; Kautzky, Jacob A.; Wissinger, Jane E. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2015
Two introductory organic chemistry laboratory experiments are described based on the Diels-Alder reaction of 2,3,4,5-tetraphenylcyclopentadienone, which is synthesized prior to or in a one-pot reaction, with styrene. Students are presented with three possible products, the "endo" and "exo" diastereomers and the decarbonylated…
Descriptors: Organic Chemistry, Science Instruction, Laboratory Experiments, Science Experiments
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Rutten, Nico; van Joolingen, Wouter R.; Haverkamp-Hermans, Gerdi G. N.; Bogner, Franz X.; Kretschmer, Thomas; Stracke, Christian M.; Lameras, Petros; Chioccariello, Augusto; Doran, Rosa; Tiemann, Rüdiger; Kastrinogiannis, Timotheos; Maravic, Jasminka; Crotty, Yvonne; Kelly, Claire; Markaki, Vassiliki; Lazoudis, Angelos; Koivula, Jani; Polymatidis, Dimitris – International Journal of Education and Development using Information and Communication Technology, 2015
In this study we used a narrative approach to investigate the function that digital, interactive tools can fulfill in inquiry teaching and learning. Such a narrative can be conceived of as "talking through" a lesson in which a teacher supports inquiry with technology. By subsequently coding these narratives, we studied the functions that…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Technology, Inquiry, Personal Narratives
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Burke, K. A.; Greenbowe, Thomas J.; Hand, Brian M. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2006
The Science Writing Heuristic (SWH) is an instructional technique that combines inquiry, collaborative learning, and writing to change the nature of the chemistry laboratory for students and instructors. The SWH provides a format for students to guide their discussions, their thinking, and writing about how science activities relate to their own…
Descriptors: Heuristics, Prior Learning, Chemistry, Science Laboratories
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Goll, James G.; Mundinger, Stacie L. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2003
Presents examples of a space program and the media based on it for teaching chemistry. Discusses how to use videotapes during class to facilitate class discussion of chemistry topics. (KHR)
Descriptors: Chemistry, Higher Education, Inquiry, Mass Media Use
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Sanger, Michael J. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2003
Presents an inquiry-based science activity in which students collect data to determine whether flipping pennies and burning candles follow zero- or first-order rate laws. (KHR)
Descriptors: Chemical Reactions, Chemistry, Inquiry, Kinetics
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Finn, Hugh; Maxwell, Marika; Calver, Michael – Journal of Biological Education, 2002
Suggests that because controlled experiments are used extensively by professional ecologists to solve both theoretical and applied problems, experimentation should be a key component of secondary school ecology curricula. Describes five teaching principles to guide secondary school biology teachers in providing a more realistic view of the…
Descriptors: Ecology, Foreign Countries, Inquiry, Science Curriculum
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Eckels-Martin, Ellen E.; Howell, Paul D. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2001
Discusses using web sites to develop active inquiry lessons that mimic some of the tasks and thought processes scientists use everyday. The exercises available at the web sites are designed to develop science process skills and convey basic course content. Exercises stress the interactions between the ocean and the atmosphere. (Author/SAH)
Descriptors: Computer Uses in Education, Higher Education, Inquiry, Internet
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Thomas, Robert C. – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2001
Describes a method used to teach the concept of geologic time to introductory geology students using an inquiry-based approach. Students work in teams to obtain rock samples that are used to interpret the geologic history of a region. (SAH)
Descriptors: Geology, Higher Education, Inquiry, Introductory Courses
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Browne, Lois M.; Blackburn, Edward V. – Journal of Chemical Education, 1999
Describes attempts to adapt collaborative-learning techniques and a problem-solving approach to large introductory organic chemistry course sections at the University of Alberta. (WRM)
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Course Descriptions, Educational Change, Foreign Countries
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Herman, Carolyn – Journal of Chemical Education, 1998
Describes chemistry laboratory experiments that can be done with student-designed investigations. Suggests approaches for restructuring traditional chemistry laboratories. (DKM)
Descriptors: Chemistry, Higher Education, Inquiry, Introductory Courses
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Gillespie, Ronald J.; And Others – Journal of Chemical Education, 1996
Presents suggestions for alternative presentations of some of the material that usually forms part of the introductory chemistry course. Emphasizes development of concepts from experimental results. Discusses electronic configurations and quantum numbers, experimental evidence for electron configurations, deducing the shell model from the periodic…
Descriptors: Atomic Structure, Chemistry, Higher Education, Inquiry
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Gillespie, Ronald J.; And Others – Journal of Chemical Education, 1996
Presents an alternative approach to bonding and geometry--the electron domain model--which avoids some of the problems with the conventional approach. Discusses difficulties with the orbital model at the introductory level, electron spin and the Pauli exclusion principle, electron pair domains, nonequivalent domains, multiple bonds, and origins…
Descriptors: Atomic Structure, Chemical Bonding, Chemistry, Higher Education
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Schibeci, Renato A.; Carlsen, Connie – Journal of Chemical Education, 1988
Describes a project that can be used to encourage intellectual independence in students and teach them some of the inquiry procedures used in scientific research. Discusses procedures, safety precautions, and sample results. (CW)
Descriptors: Chemistry, College Science, Higher Education, Inorganic Chemistry
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