Author Faculty (Discipline)

Science

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

9-2014

Early Online Version

3-4-2014

Journal

Science and Education

Volume Number

23

Issue Number

9

Page Numbers

1733-1761

ISSN

0926-7220

Embargo Period

11-18-2015

ANZSRC / FoR Code

039999 Chemical Sciences not elsewhere classified| 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy| 220206 History and Philosophy of Science (incl. Non-historical Philosophy of Science)

Reportable Items (HERDC/ERA)

C1

Peer Review

Before publication

Abstract

This paper selects six key alternative conceptions identified in the literature on student understandings of chemical bonding and illustrates how a historical analysis and a textbook analysis can inform these conceptions and lead to recommendations for improving the teaching and learning of chemical bonding at the secondary school level. The historical analysis and the textbook analysis focus on the concepts of charge, octet, electron pair, ionic, covalent and metallic bonding. Finally, a table of recommendations is made for teacher and student in the light of four fundamental questions and the six alternative conceptions to enhance the quality of the curriculum resources available and the level of student engagement.

Link to publisher version (DOI)

https://doi.org/10.1007/s11191-014-9683-0

Comments

Used by permission: Springer and the author(s).

This is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedit version of an article published in Science and Education. The final authenticated version is available online at: http://doi.org/10.1007/s11191-014-9683-0

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