By Javier García-Martínez, Elena Serrano-Torregrosa, Peter W. Atkins

This accomplished number of top-level contributions presents an intensive evaluation of the colourful box of chemistry schooling. Highly-experienced chemistry professors and schooling specialists disguise the newest advancements in chemistry studying and instructing, in addition to the pivotal function of chemistry for shaping a extra sustainable destiny.
Adopting a practice-oriented process, the present demanding situations and possibilities posed by means of chemistry schooling are severely mentioned, highlighting the pitfalls that may happen in educating chemistry and the way to bypass them. the most issues mentioned contain top practices, project-based schooling, combined studying and the function of expertise, together with e-learning, and technological know-how visualization.
Hands-on tips about easy methods to optimally enforce cutting edge techniques of educating chemistry at collage and high-school degrees make this ebook an important source for anyone drawn to both instructing or studying chemistry extra successfully, from adventure chemistry professors to secondary institution lecturers, from educators with out formal education in didactics to pissed off chemistry students.

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This new visual dimension emphasizes the need to situate chemical concepts, symbolic representations, and chemical substances and processes in the authentic contexts of the human beings who create substances, the culture that uses them, and the students who try to understand them. The tetrahedral chemistry education metaphor has been adapted and extended in various initiatives to articulate and support approaches to curriculum that foreground the human contexts for chemistry [3]. 4 Three Emphases on Human Activity in Chemistry Education What sorts of human activities are implied by changing the description of “chemical” to chemistry education, and emphasized by invoking the metaphor of tetrahedral chemistry education?

We want to thank all and each of them for their work and invaluable contributions. Hopefully, this book will help you learn about the best practices, opportunities, and trends that years of research in chemistry education has to offer to anyone involved in the teaching or learning of chemistry. Javier Garcia-Martinez and Elena Serrano-Torregrosa University of Alicante December 2014 XXXI XXXIII List of Contributors Ana Sofia Afonso Beverly Bell University of Minho Department of Education Braga Portugal University of the Witwatersrand RADMASTE Centre 27 St Andrews Road Parktown Johannesburg South Africa Jan Apotheker Science LinX Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences University of Groningen Nijenborgh 9 9717 CG Groningen The Netherlands George M.

4 Three Emphases on Human Activity in Chemistry Education social endeavor. But one challenge in analyzing the authenticity of portrayals of the human activity of carrying out chemistry is that implicit, as well as explicit, messages about the nature of science are communicated to students as they learn the “facts” of chemistry. By recognizing and countering unauthentic messages, chemistry educators can seize opportunities to paint a picture of chemistry as a creative science [16]. Non-authentic portrayals are introduced or reinforced in a variety of unexamined and implicit ways including static, contrived, and predetermined laboratory exercises; presentation of chemistry as isolated facts to be remembered, without a genuine understanding of how chemists develop explanations; lack of attention to where ideas come from and how they change over time; insufficient attention to the processes and tools chemists use to analyze, interpret, and apply data; neglect to highlight the imaginative process that is such a central part of “thinking like a chemist”; and failure to mention the ethical choices chemists and chemistry students make about how knowledge is used [17].

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