Campus Units

Chemistry

Document Type

Article

Publication Version

Published Version

Publication Date

2015

Journal or Book Title

Journal of Chemical Education

Volume

92

Issue

2

First Page

230

Last Page

236

DOI

10.1021/ed500732q

Abstract

As a discipline, chemistry enjoys a unique position. While many academic areas prepared “cooperative examinations” in the 1930s, only chemistry maintained the activity within what has become the ACS Examinations Institute. As a result, the long-term existence of community-built, norm-referenced, standardized exams provides a historical artifact about the nature of content coverage in courses that stretches over decades. This work reports efforts to capture information and formulate it into a database about general chemistry content coverage over the past 20 years. Roughly 2000 items have been characterized in several ways, including (i) content, using an Anchoring Concepts Content Map; (ii) item construct, such as the presence of symbolic or visual information; and (iii) cognitive processing required, in terms of recall, algorithmic, or conceptual thinking.

Comments

Reprinted (adapted) with permission from J. Chem. Educ., 2015, 92 (2), pp 230–236. Copyright 2015 American Chemical Society.

Copyright Owner

American Chemical Society

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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