P676: Elementary education pre-service teachers’ chemical reasoning
This study measured elementary education pre-service teachers’ chemical reasoning abilities on chemical reactions, atomic structure, kinetic molecular theory, thermochemistry, chemical bonding and thermodynamics. The chemical reasoning test items were adapted from the test developed by Cloonan and Hutchinson (2011). The participants were 65 elementary education pre-service teachers enrolled in two science methods courses at a research university in the Midwest. Data were analyzed using both quantitative and qualitative methods. Pearson correlations were computed to examine the relationship between pre-service teachers’ chemical reasoning abilities on seven chemistry topics. Responses were analyzed to identify recurring chemical reasoning themes on each of the chemistry topics and concepts. Detailed results and implications on teacher education, and teaching and learning of basic chemical concepts in elementary and middle school classrooms will be stated and discussed during the symposium.