JCE 90.06—June 2013 Issue Highlights

Cover of June 2013 Issue of Journal of Chemical Education

Advocating Science for All

The June 2013 issue of the Journal of Chemical Education is now available online. This latest issue of JCE plus the content of all past issues, volumes 1 through 90, are available.


Cover: Electrolysis

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


Communicating Chemistry

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

Using a Collaborative Critiquing Technique To Develop Chemistry Students’ Technical Writing Skills by Jeremy M. Carr


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. LagowskiHarold 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

The Journal has published many hands-on activities over the years. A compilation of fifteen of our most popular activities is available as well as a listing of over 100 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.


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