Context-based chemistry : creating opportunities for fluid transitions between concepts and context

King, Donna T. (2009) Context-based chemistry : creating opportunities for fluid transitions between concepts and context. Teaching Science : The Journal of the Australian Science Teachers Association, 55(4), pp. 13-19.

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Nationally and internationally, context-based programs have been implemented in an attempt to engage students in chemistry through connecting the canonical science with the real-world. In Queensland, a context-based approach to chemistry was trialled in selected schools from 2002 but there is little research that investigates how students learn in a context-based setting. This paper presents one significant finding from an ethnographic study that explored the learning that occurred in an 11th grade context-based chemistry classroom in Queensland. The study found that by providing students with the opportunity to write, fluid transitions (or to-ing and fro-ing) between concepts and context were an outcome of context-based learning.

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ID Code: 29318
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: context-based, chemistry, secondary, science, fluid transitions
ISSN: 1449-6313
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Science Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy (130212)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Teacher Education & Leadership
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Australian Science Teachers Assocation
Deposited On: 17 Dec 2009 03:32
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2013 02:08

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