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dc.contributor.advisorHyler, Mariaen_US
dc.contributor.authorOlimpo, Jeffrey T.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-02-11T06:31:21Z
dc.date.available2014-02-11T06:31:21Z
dc.date.issued2013en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1903/14918
dc.description.abstractIn the field of chemistry, representations serve an essential function in conveying and communicating knowledge about the chemical world. While experts are traditionally adept at identifying, interpreting, and manipulating these visualizations, novices often are not. To address the concern of promoting representational competence in novice populations, the series of studies presented in this dissertation utilizes a mixed-methods approach to examine the relationship between students' use of concrete models and their performance, specifically, on representational translation tasks (RTTs) in Organic Chemistry. Students' perceptions of modeling and faculty perceptions of and uses of models in classroom contexts are also examined. While results indicated significant increases in performance on RTTs for students who made effective use of concrete models to complete these tasks, students' proclivity for using models was found to be negatively influenced, at times, by perceived practical constraints of the learning environment -modeling being too time-consuming of a task, no engagement in modeling practices in the classroom or directed instruction on how to build and use models, etc. In addition, while faculty were generally found to view models in a positive light, classroom observation data revealed that their use of models during instruction was often inconsistent with promoting representational competence. Together, these data suggest that attention to both cognitive and contextual factors need be taken into consideration when attempting to create a holistic account of how novices come to develop representational competence in the domain.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.titleMaking Sense of 2D Diagrams: Examining How Models and Modeling Impact Novice Students' Development of Representational Competence in Organic Chemistryen_US
dc.typeDissertationen_US
dc.contributor.publisherDigital Repository at the University of Marylanden_US
dc.contributor.publisherUniversity of Maryland (College Park, Md.)en_US
dc.contributor.departmentCurriculum and Instructionen_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledScience educationen_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledHigher educationen_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledPedagogyen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledModelingen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledModelsen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledOrganic Chemistryen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledRepresentational Competenceen_US


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