Author

Elli Spitery

Date Approved

2011

Degree Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Chemistry

Committee Member

Larry Kolopajlo, Ph.D, Chair

Committee Member

Amy Johnson, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Jose Vites, Ph.D.

Abstract

This chemistry education research study explores the role of computer animations in a secondary chemistry classroom setting. This study examines the effects of animation among secondary science students regarding chemical concepts and focuses on the nature of matter, atomic structure, and classes of chemical reactions. This project observes the effectiveness of animation usage in a secondary science classroom setting, which was measured through student opinions and impressions as well as performance. It was hypothesized that students would retain more information through the use of animations in the classroom. The concepts covered included linking the macroscopic world of chemistry associated with the nature of matter and chemical reactions to the nano-realm of atomic structure and particle theory. Results for lecture-based learning showed that students benefited from the usage of animations coupled with lecture and students had a positive impression of the student-created animations during laboratory.

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