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Chemical Bonding

Students Understanding of Chemical Bonds and the Energetics of Chemcal Reactions

This supplement to Section IV investigates 12th grade students understandings of the nature of chemical bonds and energy chages across familiar chemical reactions following instruction.

Bibliographic Citation: 
Boo, H. (1998). Students understanding of chemical bonds and the energetics of chemcal reactions. Journal of Research in Science Teaching. 35(5): 569-581.

Introduction to Chemistry- Lecture 21

This 30 min DVD clip can be used as a supplement to Section I (and a companion to Science Matters) to enhance content knowledge. Dr. Hazen, co-author of Science Matters, provides a clear, concise lecture, with visuals, examples, and rich analogies, on atomic bonding. The DVD clip emphasizes the main principle that electrons rearrange to form chemical bonds.

Bibliographic Citation: 
Hazen, R. (2001). "Lecture 21- Introduction to Chemistry" in The Joy of Science- Part 2 of the Great Courses Series. Chantilly, VA: The Teaching Company. For ordering info: http://www.teach12.com/

Chemistry Basics- Stop Faking It! Finally Understanding Science so You Can Teach It

This resource can be used to supplement CTS Section I- Adult Content Knowledge. It describes several chemistry fundamentals to adults who are seeking to improve their content knowledge of matter-related topics.

Bibliographic Citation: 
Robertson, W. (2007). Chemistry Basics- Stop Faking iI! Finally Understanding Science so You Can Teach It. Arlington, VA: NSTA Press. Available through the NSTA Bookstore at nsta.org.

Chemical Bonds

This assessment probe can be used with CTS Section IV.This probe targets student ideas about chemical bonds- specifically whether they believe a bond is a physical structure in a molecule. The probe can be used to examine student work related to the Chemical Bonding topic study. In addition, the teacher notes provide further information for CTS Sections II, III, and IV.

Bibliographic Citation: 
Keeley, P., Eberle, F., and Tugel, J. (2007). Uncovering student ideas in science-25 more formative assessment probes. Arlington, VA: NSTA Press (available at nsta.org; also available through amazon.com).

Beyond Appearances- Students' Misconceptions about Basic Chemical Ideas

This report can be used to supplement the misconception research in CTS Section IV and address instructional implications in Section II. The report is a comprehensive summary of 11 conceptual areas of chemistry and examines the misconceptions students age 11-18 are likely to have, their possible origins, and implications for elementary, middle, and high school instruction.

Bibliographic Citation: 
A Report Prepared for the Royal Society of Chemistry, by Vanessa Barker (exact citation unknown). You can access the pdf version of the report at: http://www.rsc.org/education/teachers/learnnet/miscon.htm
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