CHEMICAL CONCEPTS IN MOTION: THE ROLE OF COLLECTIVE SCHEMES ON THE LEARNING ABOUT INTERMOLECULAR INTERACTIONS

TitleCHEMICAL CONCEPTS IN MOTION: THE ROLE OF COLLECTIVE SCHEMES ON THE LEARNING ABOUT INTERMOLECULAR INTERACTIONS
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsNascimento, MG, Alves, GNG, Marco Antonio Bueno Filho
JournalProblems of Education in the 21st Century
Volume68
Start Page64–73
PaginationDiscontinuous
Date PublishedDecember/2015
Type of ArticleOriginal article
ISSN1822-7864
Other NumbersICID: 1191867
Keywordscollective schemes, intermolecular interactions, Theory of Conceptual Fields
Abstract

The purpose of this research is to access data related to how College students collectively develop structural schemes during the resolution of experimental problems of investigative nature. This research included two situations presented to six students in the Undergraduate and Teacher’s Licensure Chemistry Course at the Federal University of ABC (Brazil) involving Liquid Chromatography contents. The students were divided into groups and asked to make a decision about the best experimental conditions to separate a mixture of chlorophyll, xanthophyll and -carotene in spinach extract. They possessed different stationary phases and elements. The students’ explanations were recorded on an audio-visual device and analysed via computer assisted qualitative data analysis software (CAQDAS) supported by the Transana software. As a result, evidence of the collective development of a scheme characterized by conceptual relations pertinent to the structural field was identified; however, such evidence was incomplete. The interference of the teacher in the students’ decision making was a relevant factor during the resolution of the problems. Conceptual and logical operations of thinking (operative invariants) gaps may be an opportunity for a pedagogical intervention during the resolution of problems in the classroom.

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Refereed DesignationRefereed
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