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Chemical Education: A Retrospective



This paper is a retrospective review of 60 years of contributions by the author to chemical education. Topics covered are: chemical education research, demonstrations, laboratory instruction, teaching thermodynamics, homework, testing, Whimby pairs, problem solving, misconceptions, rote learning, and cognitive levels. A brief discussion is given of six essays entitled on the importance of: being impressive, the opening lecture, being eccentric, being passionate, rote learning, and being polite. There is also a discussion of cognitive levels relating to teaching with an example of how to present chemical reactions realistically.

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