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Title: 
Diagnostic appraisal of grade 12 students’ understanding of reaction kinetics
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Keywords: 
Reaction kinetics
Alternative conceptions
3-tier diagnostic instrument
Confidence rating
Issue Date: 
2016
Publisher: 
Royal Society of Chemistry
Citation: 
Yan, Y. K., & Subramaniam, R. (2016). Diagnostic appraisal of grade 12 students’ understanding of reaction kinetics. Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 17(4), 1114-1126. http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/C6RP00168H
Abstract: 
The study explored grade 12 students’ understanding of reaction kinetics, a topic which has not been extensively explored in the chemistry education literature at this level. A 3-tier diagnostic instrument with 11 questions was developed – this format is of very recent origin and has been the subject of only a handful of studies. The findings reveal that reaction kinetics is not an easy topic for the students to understand. A total of 23 alternative conceptions (ACs) as well as some indication of their strengths and other confidence-related measures have been documented for the students (N=137) – most of these ACs have not been reported before. When the overall scores of the students in the diagnostic test are ranked, it was found that there are a number of differences in the ACs held by students in the top and bottom 25 % of the sample. While most of the ACs held by these groups are common to the overall sample, a number of these are not found in the overall sample. The findings further underscore the diagnostic utility of the 3-tier format. Some implications of the findings are discussed.
Description: 
This is the final draft, after peer-review, of a manuscript published in the Chemistry Education Research and Practice. The published version is available online at http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/C6RP00168H
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ISSN: 
1756-1108 (online)
Other Identifiers: 
10.1039/C6RP00168H
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