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The underlying assumption in chemistry education

Lim, Kieran F. 2012, The underlying assumption in chemistry education, Chemistry in Australia, vol. 2012, no. February, pp. 39-39.

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Title The underlying assumption in chemistry education
Author(s) Lim, Kieran F.
Journal name Chemistry in Australia
Volume number 2012
Issue number February
Start page 39
End page 39
Publisher Royal Australian Chemical Institute
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Publication date 2012
ISSN 0314-4240
1839-2539
Keyword(s) chemisty education
nature of chemistry
Summary The underlying assumption in chemistry education is that chemistry is real, distinct discipline, clearly differentiable from other sciences. Chemistry is the study of matter and its interactions with other matter and with energy, but the aspects which distinguish chemistry are: macroscopic observations and descriptions of properties and change; understanding in terms of atoms and molecules; abstract representations to describe and communicate chemical concepts; and occupational health and safety. These aspects are not unique to chemistry, but their combination make chemistry unique. Over the last three years, there have been major reviews of school science education through the formulation of the Australian National Curriculum and of undergraduate education through the Learning and Teaching Academic Standards Project. In both cases, individual RACI members and chemistry professionals, including school teachers, and RACI working party and workshop, have articulated the unique nature of chemistry and the need for chemistry education as a separate subject.
Language eng
Field of Research 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
130103 Higher Education
130106 Secondary Education
Socio Economic Objective 930399 Curriculum not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C4 Letter or note
Copyright notice ©2012, Royal Australian Chemical Institute
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30041545

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