Teaching Chemistry with Visualizations: What's the Research Evidence?
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The use of visualization techniques to teach chemistry has been touted in the literature, with the idea that these techniques promote the formation of mental images in students, which depict particle behavior during chemical processes and help better connect the macroscopic and particulate natures of chemical phenomena. However, a number of myths or misconceptions concerning the use of visualizations in the classroom exist. These myths or misconceptions can prevent instructors from using visualization techniques. This chapter seeks to provide evidence concerning these myths, so that instructors can knowledgeably plan to integrate visualizations into their courses. © 2011 American Chemical Society.
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