Teaching chemistry through real-world applications
Littlejohn, Samantha Michael
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Context-based approaches to chemistry aim to increase student engagement and understanding by framing learning in a meaningful, real-world context. This study examined the effect of teaching high school chemistry in the context of environmental issues. The purpose of this study was to determine whether a context-based approach to chemistry improved conceptual understanding and desire for inquiry among learners. Content assessments, attitude and motivation surveys, and student interviews were conducted and analyzed to examine the effect of a context-based approach to chemistry.