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Research Project - What's So Hard About Chemistry?

As a student in my final year studying Education and Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge, I’m currently undertaking a research project investigating the assumptions we make when learning and explaining Chemistry.  As part of the INSTRUCT Research Group, we’re hoping the work will help us understand why Chemistry can be one of the most difficult subjects for students at school. 

In order to do this, we’re looking for students aged 16-18 who are studying any sciences at AS/A Level standard to complete our online survey.  It should take around 20 minutes to complete, and students can win a £25 Amazon voucher!  Students will be presented with chemical scenarios and then asked to answer questions based on the situation described.  They will also be asked some demographic questions, but the survey is entirely anonymous.

The outcome of this research project will hopefully lead on to further work investigating why students struggle so much with Chemistry.  So I’d like to encourage teachers to pass the survey on to their AS/A Level classes and ask students to complete it in their own time, if there’s no time in class.  I’ll be blogging here as the project progresses and hopefully the conclusions will be of interest to you all!

Our survey can be found here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/KQCDYGT

If you’d like more information about our research group, our website is here.
Posted by Elizabeth McLoughlin on Dec 13, 2012 8:51 PM Europe/London

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