2012 Trends in Chemical Education

2012 Trends in Chemical Education

Author: ChemViews/GDCh

Nachrichten aus der Chemie (the membership magazine of the GDCh) annually publishes trend reports in which authors spot and compile an overview of inspiring work and recent trends in the most important chemical disciplines.

ChemViews gives you an overview of the latest trend report, its authors and the literature collected.

Trends in Chemical Education 2012

H.-J. Becker, H. Hildebrandt, J. C. Kühlmann

Empirical research has always served to expand chemistry didactic knowledge. The aims are theories and models for chemistry learning and teaching. Education and planning decisions should be objectively based and should especially be based on models. The requirement/standard of “prediction” is high.

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Hans-Jürgen Becker, has been a professor of didactics of chemistry at the University of Paderborn, Germany, since 1995. Before this, he was at that Technical University and the Free University of Berlin, Germany, as well as an active member of the Berlin school service. He obtained his Ph.D. in 1978 at the FU Berlin and his habilitation at the same university in 1992.

His main research interests are conceptual and university didactical topics as well as the foundation of a systematic method in chemistry didactics.

Henry Hildebrandt was a research assistant under Hans-Jürgen Becker, Didactics of Chemistry, and Gregor Fels, Organic Chemistry, at the University of Paderborn, Germany. He did his Ph.D. under Hans-Jürgen Becker. He is a secondary school teacher in Herford, Germany, and lecturer at the University of Paderborn.

His research priorities are tertiary and media didactic issues as well as transitory problems from junior to senior high school. In his habilitation he dealt with meta-cognitions of tutors of didactics of chemistry.


Jennifer Kühlmann

Jennifer Christin Kühlmann completed her teaching degree in chemistry, physics, and German at the University of Paderborn, Germany, where she has been a Research Assistant in the Chemistry Education Research Group since June 2010. She earned her Ph.D. under Hans-Jürgen Becker on the subject of interest in and learning chemistry. Her research focuses on the documentation and meta-analysis of teaching on the subject of interest in and learning chemistry.

References and Comments

The complete reference list, sorted into the sections of the trend report, is available on the internet for download: www.gdch.de/publikationen/nachrichten-aus-der-chemie/downloads/literaturlisten/trendberichte.html

This report is based on the chemical-didactic database Fadok (Paderborn) and Buedok (Paderborn) with currently circa 55,000 entries (largely with abstracts), amended with chemical-didactic books, archived materials and internet searches.

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