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Handbook of Research on Science Education by Michael Talbot-Smith

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CHAPTER 22

Teaching and Learning the Many Faces of Chemistry

Onno De Jong

Utrecht University, the Netherlands

Keith S. Taber

Cambridge University, United Kingdom

The goal of this chapter is to review research on teaching and learning science that focuses on the specific domain of chemistry, with particular emphasis on the high school level. Many chemistry topics can be either viewed or taught from three potential perspectives that are mutually related (Fig. 22.1). First, the macroscopic perspective, focusing on substances and phenomena that can be observed with the naked eye. Second, the submicroscopic perspective, focusing on molecules, atoms, ions, and so on. Third, the symbolic perspective, focusing on formulas, equations, ionic drawings, ...

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