Chemistry Education Literature

The World of Chemistry brought to you through the Chemistry Education Literature

By exploring some of these articles, you will see that chemists continuously reflect on their teaching practices and the nature of their discipline.  They debate what topics are essential for undergraduate education, how these topics should be taught, and why some students experience learning difficulties.  Perhaps even more important we see discourse concerning the interpretation of the large body of chemistry data. Chemists interested in chemistry education ponder questions like:

  • What exactly is a chemical bond?
  • Can orbitals be seen?
  • Do students learn better if they use computer simulations?
  • Do ionic compounds really dissociate into simple ions in aqueous solutions?
  • Is the concept of an atom useful in learning chemistry when most of matter is not composed of atoms?