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World Journal of Chemical Education. 2015, 3(1), 1-4
DOI: 10.12691/wjce-3-1-1
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How Chemicals’ Drawing and Modeling Improve Chemistry Teaching in Colleges of Education

Jamal Raiyn1 and Anwar Rayan2,

1Computer Science Department

2Science Education Department, Al-Qasemi Academic College, Baqa El-Gharbia 30100, Israel

Pub. Date: February 04, 2015

Cite this paper:
Jamal Raiyn and Anwar Rayan. How Chemicals’ Drawing and Modeling Improve Chemistry Teaching in Colleges of Education. World Journal of Chemical Education. 2015; 3(1):1-4. doi: 10.12691/wjce-3-1-1

Abstract

Our assumption states that integrating chemical drawing and modeling tools in teaching could promote chemistry teaching at the college level, and therefore improve the ability of students in colleges of education to understand better chemistry. During the last academic year, we incorporated CHEMDRAW software and tested how it affects students’ performance in the exams. The improvement in the averaged score from 5.7 (prior CHEMDRAW incorporation) to 7.73 (post CHEMDRAW incorporation) clearly reveals that integrating modeling tools in chemistry education is helpful. The students’ feedback following the initiative was positive and very supportive. Most students stated that with CHEMDRAW, they experienced a challenging learning environment engaged with dynamic illustration & interactive visual and would like to see such software integrated in their chemistry studies from day one. In the future we aim to test other parameters, e.g. Students' attitude toward learning chemistry as well as in more depth students' conceptual understanding in chemistry.

Keywords:
chemical education computer-based learning chemical drawing CHEMDRAW molecular properties molecular structure

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