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Mental model in learning chemical bonding: a preliminary study

Abd. Halim, Noor Dayana and Ali, Mohamad Bilal and Yahaya, Noraffandy and Mohamad Said, Mohd. Nihra Haruzuan (2013) Mental model in learning chemical bonding: a preliminary study. Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences, 97 . pp. 224-228. ISSN 1877-0428

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Chemical bonding is one of the subjects that involves the use of models, varying from simple ones to sophisticated abstract models possessing considerable mathematical complexity. It is a topic that students commonly find to be problematic, developing a wide range of alternative conceptions. The fact is that students cannot see how the atoms or elementary particles are held together, and how they interact and bond together to form a compound. Student’ misconceptions regarding these chemical bonding concepts begin when they live and operate in a macroscopic world and do not easily follow the shifts between macroscopic and microscopic levels. As a result, they tend to build a non-scientific mental model, which means that the idea is not aligned with scientific concepts. Therefore a preliminary study was conducted in order to investigate students’ mental model in this topic.

Item Type:Article
Subjects:L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
ID Code:40708
Deposited By: Haliza Zainal
Deposited On:12 Oct 2014 08:39
Last Modified:15 Feb 2017 06:25

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