Central Ideas in Chemistry: An Alternative Perspective

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Central ideas define fundamental understandings in a domain and frame curriculum development, instruction, and assessment. How these central ideas are conceptualized can thus have a major impact on what teachers and instructors do in the classroom and on the understandings that students develop. This commentary presents a reflection on how central ideas are traditionally presented in introductory chemistry courses and suggests an alternative way of framing these understandings to convey a more authentic view of the nature of our discipline.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-8
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Chemical Education
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 12 2016


  • Curriculum
  • First-Year Undergraduate/General
  • High School/Introductory Chemistry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Education


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