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Abstract Volume 5 Issue 1 (2000) pp 31-37

Discovery Learning Using Chemland Simulation Software

Justin T. Fermann,1 Kara M. Stamm,1 Andrew L. Maillet,2 Christine Nelson,2 Stephanie J. Codden,2 Michelle A. Spaziani,1 MaryAnne Ramirez,3 and William J. Vining1*

1University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 01003
2Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY 13820
3Hampshire College, Amherst, MA 01002

Published online: 1 February 2000

Abstract. We describe in this paper a set of computer-based simulations for use in general chemistry courses. We detail a discovery-based method of teaching, whereby students are led to discover concepts through guided-inquiry use of the simulation modules. Three methods of using the software are described, as is the development process we have employed. Finally, we describe our evaluation studies of the effects of our methodology and the use of a scientific reasoning instrument. The software is available free for download as part of this article.

Key Words: Computers in Chemistry;  general chemistry; introductory chemistry

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Student sample questions (26 KB) 10.1007/s00897000356b

Program Software (19 KB) 10.1007/s00897000356c

Issue date: February 1, 2000

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