publication . Doctoral thesis . 2015

Chemistry: content, context and choices : towards students' higher order problem solving in upper secondary school

Broman, Karolina;
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  • Published: 01 Jan 2015
  • Publisher: Umeå universitet, Institutionen för naturvetenskapernas och matematikens didaktik
  • Country: Sweden
Abstract
Chemistry is often claimed to be difficult, irrelevant, and uninteresting to school students. Even students who enjoy doing science often have problems seeing themselves as being scientists. This thesis explores and challenges the negative perception of chemistry by investigating upper secondary students’ views on the subject. Based on students’ ideas for improving chemistry education to make the subject more interesting and meaningful, new learning approaches rooted in context-based learning (CBL) are presented. CBL approaches are applied in several countries to enhance interest, de-emphasise rote learning, and improve students’ higher order thinking. Students’...
Subjects
free text keywords: chemistry education, upper secondary students, meaningful learning, higher order thinking, problem solving, context-based learning, interest, educational choice, identity, Didactics, Didaktik
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