Chemistry in crisis?: Perspectives on teaching and learning chemistry in Swedish upper secondary schools
2011 (English)In: NorDiNa: Nordic Studies in Science Education, ISSN 1504-4556, Vol. 7, no 1, 43-60 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Explanations for a decline in the number of students studying chemistry at advanced level all over the world have been sought for quite some time. Many students do not find chemistry relevant and meaningful and there have been difficulties in developing school chemistry courses that engage students sufficiently and tempt them to further studies in the field. In this study, Swedish upper secondary school students (Ns=372) and their teachers (Nt=18) answered a questionnaire on their experiences of the content and the working methods of their chemistry course. They were also given the opportunity to express ideas on how to make chemistry courses more interesting and meaningful. The results point out some subject areas as both easy and interesting, e.g. atomic structure; while other areas are hard to understand but still interesting, e.g. biochemistry. The students find chemistry lessons teacher-centred, something they appreciate. When teachers and students gave suggestions on how to improve the relevance of chemistry education at upper secondary level, more laboratory work and connections to everyday life were the most common proposals. But on the whole, these students seem quite satisfied with their chemistry courses.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Oslo: Naturfagsentret , 2011. Vol. 7, no 1, 43-60 p.
Chemical Sciences Didactics
Research subject didactics of chemistry
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-40988OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-40988DiVA: diva2:404053