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An electronic journal for leaders in education
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Implementing a context-based approach in chemistry

Donna King

Context-based chemistry is a new teaching approach which applies the concepts studied to contexts relevant to students. In Queensland a syllabus adopting a context-based approach to Years 11 and 12 Chemistry has been piloted over the last five years in selected classrooms. This article reports on a study evaluating the success of the pilot. The study offers significant support for the value of context-based chemistry in the senior secondary years, while also noting the challenges that the new approach presents for students, teachers and parents.

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Senior secondary education
Science teaching
Educational evaluation
Curriculum planning