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Linking the macroscopic and sub-microscopic levels : diagrams

Davidowitz, Bette and Chittleborough, Gail 2009, Linking the macroscopic and sub-microscopic levels : diagrams. In Gilbert, John and Treagust, David (ed), Multiple representations in chemical education, Springer, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, pp.169-191, doi: 10.1007/978-1-4020-8872-8_9.

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Title Linking the macroscopic and sub-microscopic levels : diagrams
Author(s) Davidowitz, Bette
Chittleborough, GailORCID iD for Chittleborough, Gail
Title of book Multiple representations in chemical education
Editor(s) Gilbert, John
Treagust, David
Publication date 2009
Series Models and modeling in science education, vol. 4
Chapter number 6
Total chapters 14
Start page 169
End page 191
Total pages 23
Publisher Springer
Place of Publication Dordrecht, The Netherlands
Summary Explanations of chemical phenomena are nearly always focused at the sub-micro level, a level that cannot be observed, yet are normally provided with diagrams at the symbolic level. These diagrams represent the macro and sub-micro levels of matter. The connections between the macro level and the diagrams of the sub-micro level are not always apparent to students, indicating a need for chemical diagrams to be used carefully and explicitly. Having students draw and annotate chemical diagrams representing chemical phenomena at the sub-micro level can provide some insight into their understanding of chemistry at the macro level. Misinterpretation of diagrams can occur when the representations are not understood, when links are not made between the macro and sub-micro levels, or when the diagram is unfamiliar. Responding to these difficulties, strategies based on research and our experiences of teaching with diagrams are suggested for the choice and use of chemical diagrams depicting the sub-micro level in the teaching and learning of chemistry. These strategies provide opportunities for learners to construct acceptable personal mental models of the sub-micro level.
ISBN 9781402088711
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/978-1-4020-8872-8_9
Field of Research 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
Socio Economic Objective 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering
HERDC Research category B1 Book chapter
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