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The Many Faces of High School Chemistry

Authored by: Onno De Jong , Keith S. Taber

Handbook of Research on Science Education

Print publication date:  July  2014
Online publication date:  July  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415629379
eBook ISBN: 9780203097267
Adobe ISBN: 9781136221972


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The first part of this chapter deals with two general themes in modern high school chemistry education. First, we consider studies of attempts to make chemistry more meaningful to students by using contexts. These contexts can be taken from students’ interests, from society, or from professional practices. Second, we discuss studies of characteristics of models in chemistry and chemical education, especially their presentation from three related perspectives: macroscopic, submicroscopic, and symbolic.

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