Does teaching sequence matter when teaching high school chemistry with scientific visualisations?

Fogarty, Ian, Geelan, David, & Mukherjee, Michelle (2012) Does teaching sequence matter when teaching high school chemistry with scientific visualisations? Teaching Science, 58(4), pp. 19-23.

Abstract

Five Canadian high school Chemistry classes in one school, taught by three different teachers, studied the concepts of dynamic chemical equilibria and Le Chatelier’s Principle. Some students received traditional teacher-led explanations of the concept first and used an interactive scientific visualisation second, while others worked with the visualisation first and received the teacher-led explanation second. Students completed a test of their conceptual understanding of the relevant concepts prior to instruction, after the first instructional session and at the end of instruction. Data on students’ academic achievement (highest, middle or lowest third of the class on the mid-term exam) and gender were also collected to explore the relationship between these factors, conceptual development and instructional sequencing. Results show, within this context at least, that teaching sequence is not important in terms of students’ conceptual learning gains.

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ID Code: 56431
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: visualisations, chemistry, sequence, high school
ISSN: 1839-2946 (online) 1449-6313 (print)
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Science Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy (130212)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Educational Technology and Computing (130306)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Curriculum
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Australian Science Teachers Association.
Deposited On: 16 Jan 2013 02:05
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2013 03:38

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