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International Perspectives on Chemistry Education Research and Practice

International Perspectives on Chemistry Education Research and Practice


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Strategies for improving teaching and student success in secondary and post-secondary chemistry classrooms is widely researched nationally and internationally. The development of high quality instruction is key to retaining students in STEM fields, as well as, developing standards for deeper learning and application of course content. The latter is particularly important given the central nature of chemistry to STEM fields which is reflected by the number of majors that require a minimal exposure to chemistry theory and practice. The idea of gathering international perspectives emerged from our participation in the ACS Chemical Education international committee and from hosting ACS symposia focusing upon international relations and research.

To broaden perspectives of chemical education through an international lens, researchers in Australia, Turkey, Romania, Costa Rica, Singapore, the Netherlands, Greece, Slovenia, and Canada contributed chapters with a focus upon topics ranging from assessment, safety, pedagogy, metacognition, to outreach. In addition to symposium presenters, other contributors were invited based upon their knowledge of chemical education theory and practice.

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ISBN-13: 9780841233461
Publisher: American Chemical Society
Publication date: 08/01/2019
Series: ACS Symposium Series
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 6.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Charlie Cox (Ph.D., Clemson University) is currently a full-time lecturer of chemistry at Stanford university where he teaches advanced general chemistry, biochemistry, and analytical chemistry. Charlie has been at Stanford for eight years during which he has presented several papers in the field of chemical education, and he has contributed to the development of new courses and a hands-on safety training program. Charlie has been part of the International Relations Committee with the ACS Division of Chemical Education since 2014, and he has severed as a councilor for the Silicon Valley ACS section. Prior to Stanford, Charlie gained a passion for teaching while lecturing at the University of New Hampshire. Charlie enjoys the beach, road trips, and learning languages when not actively teaching or doing chemistry.

Wendy E. Schatzberg (Ph.D., University of Northern Colorado) is currently an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Dixie State University in Saint George, Utah. She has worked at DSU since 2013, working on research in both chemistry education and nanoparticle materials. She teaches general, physical, and culinary chemistry and is in the process of creating an art history/general chemistry hybrid course. She acquired awards for her teaching and her research, winning the ACS Chemistry Education International grant to attend the European Science Education Research Association Conference in Helsinki, Finland, in 2015 and a National Science Foundation EAPSI grant to do chemistry education research in Singapore. Her work in chemistry education has focused on student cognitive transfer between lecture and laboratory, metacognition, and student learning cues. Wendy has been serving on the ACS Chemistry Education International Committee since 2015. She also does work for the Advance Placement chemistry exam and the AAC&U assessment VALUE rubric.

Table of Contents


1. The Division of Chemical Education's International Activities Committee: Insights from Chairs - Past and Present
2. Chemical Education Research as an Emergent Scholarly Field in Costa Rica
3. Discovering Laboratory Safety Misconceptions in Secondary Students To Promote Science Conceptual Understanding
4. Student-Curated Exhibitions: Alternative Assessment in Chemistry Education in Israel
5. Metacognitive Foundations in Higher Education Chemistry
6. The Development of a New Curriculum for Chemistry Education in The Netherlands
7. Challenges, Barriers, and Achievements in Chemistry Education: The Case of Greece
8. Visualizations in High School Chemistry Textbooks Used in Turkey
9. Teaching Chemistry with Analogies around the World: Views of Teachers from Four Countries
10. Developing Modeling Competencies Using Argument-Based Modeling in General Chemistry Experiment Course in Korea
11. Australian Chemistry Education Research and Practice: A Dynamic and
Colourful Landscape of Learning and Teaching
12. Designing a New Safety Training Program
13. Chemical Education in Slovenia: Past Experiences and Future Challenges
14. Transforming Chemistry Class with Technology-Enhanced Active Inquiry Learning for the Digital Native Generation
15. Organizing International Collaborations

Editors' Biographies
Author Index
Subject Index

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