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Difficult Topics in the Chemistry Curriculum – Bulgarian Students' View

Author(s): Kalin Chakarov, Alexandria Gendjova
Subject(s): Social Sciences, Education, School education, Educational Psychology, State/Government and Education, Inclusive Education / Inclusion, Sociology of Education, Pedagogy
Published by: Национално издателство за образование и наука „Аз-буки“
Keywords: Students’ Perceived difficulties; Chemistry curricula; Chemistry education

Summary/Abstract: Chemistry is often considered a difficult subject, and the way students perceive learning affects their achievements. The research aims to identify: the topics in the secondary Chemistry curriculum perceived as difficult and as interesting by the Bulgarian students, the reasons for students’ difficulties and ways to overcome it. An inquiry was conducted with 321 students aged 16 – 17 years. According to them, the most difficult topics are Organic Chemistry and Chemical calculations (abstract and requiring specific skills). The most interesting topics are Organic Chemistry and Theory of Electrolytic Dissociation. Acids and bases. There is no significant correlation between levels of perceived difficulty and interest. Students relate difficulties to: information overload, emphasis on memorization, and lack of connections to everyday life. More lab activities and the practical application of the knowledge are recommended. Our research results can help improve Chemistry curricula and teaching practice.

  • Issue Year: 30/2021
  • Issue No: 6
  • Page Range: 613-629
  • Page Count: 17
  • Language: Bulgarian