Developing and Piloting Culturally Relevant Chemistry Pedagogy: Computer-Based VSEPR and Unit Cell Lesson Plans from Collaborative Exchange in East Africa

Philip P. Rodenbough, Majuto Clement Manyilizu

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Abstract

Meeting the challenge of modern global chemistry education requires collaborations from many different actors. Here, we report the development of culturally relevant computer-based lessons on VSEPR and unit cells designed specifically for implementation in the unique environment of East African high schools. The lesson plans use software more commonly employed by materials science graduate students, here repurposed for the high school chemistry classroom. The lesson plans were successfully piloted in local schools, indicating their potential for wide impact. The complete lesson plans are provided for free. The careful design of the lessons based on specific environmental factors through multifaceted contributors suggests a model of collaboration that could be useful in many other contexts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Chemical Education
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2019

Keywords

  • Collaborative/Cooperative Learning
  • Computer-Based Learning
  • Curriculum
  • High School/Introductory Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Multimedia-Based Learning
  • VSEPR Theory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Education

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