Pre-Service Chemistry Teachers’ Experiences and Attitudes Towards Teaching and Learning Chemical Equilibrium Using WhatsApp (75634)

Session Information: Teaching Experiences, Pedagogy, Practice & Praxis
Session Chair: Noriko Tan

Friday, 24 November 2023 14:45
Session: Session 4
Room: Room 701
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

This paper reports the results from a study that investigated the experiences and attitudes of pre-service Chemistry teachers towards teaching and learning chemical equilibrium using WhatsApp. The participants were a hundred and twenty-five (n=120) 3rd-year Physical Science pre-service teachers, enrolled in a four-year Bachelor of Education Degree program. Teaching and learning of Chemical equilibrium through WhatsApp were conducted over a four-week period through posting a digital image of chemical equilibrium slides created using a mobile camera or downloaded from YouTube and other platforms; providing students with links to websites on chemical equilibrium; posting assignments, study questions and tutorial tasks; and group chats and discussions of concepts and answering students’ questions. Data was collected using a questionnaire and doing a content analysis of students’ WhatsApp chats. The results show that while the pre-service teachers identified challenges and problems from their experiences, they generally had positive attitudes towards the teaching and learning of chemical equilibrium using WhatsApp. Recommendations for the practice and research in chemical education are teased out and interrogated.

Elaosi Vhurumuku, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa

About the Presenter(s)
Dr. Elaosi Vhurumuku, Associate Professor of Science Education, School of Education, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa

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Last updated: 2023-02-23 23:45:00