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By Norbert J. Pienta, Melanie M. Cooper, Thomas J. Greenbowe

A part of the Prentice corridor sequence in academic Innovation for Chemistry, this specific publication is a suite of knowledge, examples, and references on studying conception, educating tools, and pedagogical concerns concerning educating chemistry to school scholars. within the final a number of years there was massive job and examine in chemical schooling, and the fabrics during this publication combine the most recent advancements in chemistry. each one bankruptcy is written through a chemist who has a few services within the particular process mentioned, has performed a little analysis at the method, and has utilized the strategy in a chemistry direction.

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From these works we can extract some foundational ideas that contribute to an understanding of how concepts change. Constructivist theories of learning assert that learners construct their own knowledge, rather than simply absorbing completely formed concepts from others (Bodner, 1986; Cracolice, 2005) The construction process, the learning, takes place within the framework of concepts that the learner has already developed or begun to develop (Ausubel, Novak and Hanesian, 1978). This means that what a student already knows is what this person brings to the learning environment as the building blocks for further cognitive development.

The interpretation experience leads to the next three experiences, experimenting, model building, and predicting, which, in tum, often leads back to additional interpretation. Experimenting refers to making additional observations and measurements, but under controlled conditions. This process will generate more data that students will use to construct the underlying scientific concept. Model building follows from experimenting. This is the point at which a hypothesis-a proposed explanation for the observed phenomenon or pattern-is developed.

If traditional instruction proceeds primarily by an algorithmic approach to solving equilibrium problems, students may be unable to understand the meaning of the equilibrium constant if they are starting with the misconception that equilibrium leads to equal quantities. Such a situation puts students in a cognitive transition state, where a carefully applied learning experience can move them seamlessly toward full integration of the target concept. The classroom environment as a whole can playa role in this, because conceptual change can be initiated and facilitated by social contexts, such as those of a laboratory or cooperative learning experience.

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