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Chemistry Education in Italy: Focus on ICT Resources to Enhance Students’ Motivation

Maria Maddalena Carnasciali1, Laura Ricco1, Davide Parmigiani2, Giuseppina Caviglia3

1Department of Chemistry and Industrial Chemistry, University of Genoa, 2Department of Education, University of Genoa, 3Comprehensive Institute Prà, Primary and Lower Secondary School (Italy)

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In Italy, among the scientific fields, chemistry is identified as an exemplary case study as it is recognised as one of the most difficult subjects. In order to enhance chemistry education, a key objective, is to motivate students, to raise their interest in science subjects, thus making their learning process more effective. For this purpose, the Government has taken a number of actions, with particular attention to the use of information technologies as educational tool for the new generations, those of 'digital natives'. The paper presents the first step of a research aiming at evaluating the utility of carefully selected ICT teaching resources on chemistry learning and students’ motivation

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Date: 2014.04.25

Posted by Abdillahi Hajiomer Hassan (Turkey)

Message: The paper discusses ways of improving the effective learning of chemistry by improving students’ motivation and interest towards chemistry. The study suggests that the student motivation can be increases by using practical activities since students are much involved when teaching is being done through practical experiments in either real lap and or virtual lap. The study focuses the advantages of the use of ICT and computer software in teaching learning processes of chemistry and it also suggests the need of further researches in which new software resources with applications that can be used by non-expert teachers will be created.
The paper is generally relevant, but in my opinion the weak point is the experiments used in simulations, Testing viscosity by dropping a ball through different liquids at different temperatures and observing the change of speeds, in which the physical properties of the liquids are being tested rather than chemical properties.

National Reports on successful experiences to promote lifelong learning for chemistry The national reports on chemistry successful experiences to promote lifelong learning for chemistry are now available on the related section of the project portal. The reports presents examples of successful experiences in the partner countries and the results of testing of ICT resources with science teachers.