Date of Award
Master of Science
Increasing connections between the real-world and chemistry is often thought to be a means of improving student learning of chemistry content. However, research in this area is limited and often qualitative in nature. This quasi-experimental study focused on the examples used during instruction in a high school chemistry unit on solutions. In contrast to what might be expected, students who experienced traditional chemistry examples outperformed those students who experienced "real-world" examples on a quiz. However, both groups performed equally on an exam involving the same concepts on the quiz and some other solution material given later in the unit. Explanation of these varied results leads back to the individual classroom and suggest that everyday examples alone are not enough to impact student performance.
Aileen Mahood Sullivan
Sullivan, Aileen Mahood, "Types of classroom examples : "real-world" and traditional influences on learning solution chemistry" (2006). Retrospective Theses and Dissertations. 19090.