Exploring hypothetical learning progressions for the chemistry of nitrogen and nuclear processes [electronic resource] /Show full item record
|Title||Exploring hypothetical learning progressions for the chemistry of nitrogen and nuclear processes [electronic resource] /|
|Author||Henry, Deborah Marie|
|Abstract||Chemistry is a bridge that connects a number of scientific disciplines. High school students should be able to determine whether scientific information is accurate, how chemistry applies to daily life, and the mechanism by which systems operate (NRC, 2012). This research focuses on describing hypothetical learning progressions for student understanding of the chemical reactions of nitrogen and nuclear processes and examines whether there is consistency in scientific reasoning between these two distinct conceptual areas. The constant comparative method was used to analyze the written products of students including homework, formative and summative tests, laboratory notebooks, reflective journals, written presentations, and discussion board contributions via Edmodo (an online program). The ten participants were 15 and 16 year old students enrolled in a general high school chemistry course. Instruction took place over a ten week period. The learning progression levels ranged from 0 to 4 and were described as missing, novice, intermediate, proficient, and expert. The results were compared to the standards set by the NRC with a lower anchor (expectations for grade 8) and upper anchor (expectations for grade 12). The results indicate that, on average, students were able to reach an intermediate level of understanding for these concepts.|
|Description||Title from dissertation title page (viewed Jan. 8, 2015).
Thesis (Ph.D.)--Texas Christian University, 2014.
College of Education; advisor, Molly Weinburgh.
Includes bibliographical references.
Text (electronic thesis) in PDF.
|Subject||Chemistry Study and teaching (Secondary) United States.
Science Study and teaching (Secondary) United States.
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