Advocating Science for All
In Visual Observation of Dissolution of Copper Ions from a Copper Electrode, Isao Ikemoto and Kouichi Saitou describe an electrolysis demonstration in which an electrolytic cell is constructed using copper for the electrodes and sodium polyacrylate for the electrolyte. Use of common materials and the colorless, transparent electrolyte solution make this highly visual demonstration particularly useful for teaching high school and first-year college students about electrolysis.
Editorial on Next Generation Science Standards
Melanie Cooper discusses Chemistry and the Next Generation Science Standards and how, as states adopt the NGSS, significant changes will be required in all areas of science education, including the development of new curricula and assessments. Support for both pre- and in-service teachers will be crucial, and so will changes in the way chemistry is taught at the college level.
Research on Laboratory Goals
Development, Implementation, and Analysis of a National Survey of Faculty Goals for Undergraduate Chemistry Laboratory by Aaron D. Bruck and Marcy Towns
How To Recognize Success and Failure: Practical Assessment of an Evolving, First-Semester Laboratory Program Using Simple, Outcome-Based Tools by Liz U. Gron, Shelly B. Bradley, Jennifer R. McKenzie, Sara E. Shinn, and M. Warfield Teague
Research on Understanding Gas Laws
Concept Learning versus Problem Solving: Evaluating a Threat to the Validity of a Particulate Gas Law Question by Michael J. Sanger, C. Kevin Vaughn, and David A. Binkley
Seeing Chemistry through the Eyes of the Blind: A Case Study Examining Multiple Gas Law Representations by Jordan Harshman, Stacey Lowery Bretz, and Ellen Yezierski
Reading Journal Articles for Comprehension Using Key Sentences: An Exercise for the Novice Research Student by Nicole S. Bennett and Brett F. Taubman
Using a Progressive Paper To Develop Students’ Writing Skills by Scott E. Van Bramer and Loyd D. Bastin
Innovative Classroom Approach
Using Quantum Mechanics To Facilitate the Introduction of a Broad Range of Chemical Concepts to First-Year Undergraduate Students by Romualdo T. deSouza and Srinivasan S. Iyengar
Interviews with Advocates for Chemistry, Education, and Science
This issue contains an interview with Peter J. Fensham by Liberato Cardellini. Interviews by Liberato Cardellini with a number of other advocates for science include: Peter Atkins; Carl Djerassi; Ronald J. Gillespie; J. Dudley Herron; Roald Hoffmann; Alex H. Johnstone; Joseph J. Lagowski; Harold W. Kroto; Joseph D. Novak.
In the Laboratory
There are innovative laboratories in every issue of JCE, such as Fitting It All In: Adapting a Green Chemistry Extraction Experiment for Inclusion in an Undergraduate Analytical Laboratory by Heather L. Buckley, Annelise R. Beck, Martin J. Mulvihill, and Michelle C. Douskey.
This issue contains two activities involving pigments:
Plant Pigment Identification: A Classroom and Outreach Activity by Kathleen C. A. Garber, Antoinette Y. Odendaal, and Erin E. Carlson
A Green Approach To Separate Spinach Pigments by Column Chromatography by Aubrey Johnston, Jon Scaggs, Chris Mallory, Andrea Haskett, Don Warner, Eric Brown, Karen Hammond, Michael M. McCormick, and Owen M. McDougal
From the Archives: JCE Classroom Activities
With over 1000 Issues Available, There’s Always Lots More to Explore with JCE
You will find all of the articles mentioned above, and many more, in the Journal of Chemical Education. Articles that are edited and published online ahead of print (ASAP—As Soon As Publishable) are also available.