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Building a Database for the Historical Analysis of the General Chemistry Curriculum Using ACS General Chemistry Exams as Artifacts
Journal of Chemical Education
  • Cynthia J. Luxford, Iowa State University
  • Kimberly J. Linenberger, Kennesaw State University
  • Jeffrey R. Raker, University of South Florida
  • John Y. Baluyut, Iowa State University
  • Jessica J. Reed, Iowa State University
  • Chamila De Silva, Iowa State University
  • Thomas Holme, Iowa State University
Document Type
Article
Publication Version
Published Version
Publication Date
1-1-2015
DOI
10.1021/ed500732q
Abstract
As a discipline, chemistry enjoys a unique position. While many academic areas prepared “cooperative examinations” in the 1930s, only chemistry maintained the activity within what has become the ACS Examinations Institute. As a result, the long-term existence of community-built, norm-referenced, standardized exams provides a historical artifact about the nature of content coverage in courses that stretches over decades. This work reports efforts to capture information and formulate it into a database about general chemistry content coverage over the past 20 years. Roughly 2000 items have been characterized in several ways, including (i) content, using an Anchoring Concepts Content Map; (ii) item construct, such as the presence of symbolic or visual information; and (iii) cognitive processing required, in terms of recall, algorithmic, or conceptual thinking.
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Reprinted (adapted) with permission from J. Chem. Educ., 2015, 92 (2), pp 230–236. Copyright 2015 American Chemical Society.

Copyright Owner
American Chemical Society
Language
en
File Format
application/pdf
Citation Information
Cynthia J. Luxford, Kimberly J. Linenberger, Jeffrey R. Raker, John Y. Baluyut, et al.. "Building a Database for the Historical Analysis of the General Chemistry Curriculum Using ACS General Chemistry Exams as Artifacts" Journal of Chemical Education Vol. 92 Iss. 2 (2015) p. 230 - 236
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/thomas_holme/10/