Chemistry Education Research at HBCSE
Chemistry Education Research (CER) from its inception has addressed issues related to teaching and learning of chemistry at various levels. There are two distinct but related aspects of Chemistry Education Research (CER); one is to empirically analyse students' difficulties and misconceptions in chemistry, the other is to develop methods for effective learning of chemistry. CER studies, conducted over the last five decades, have provided valuable insights to teachers, curriculum planners and policy makers engaged with chemistry education.
In Indian colleges and university departments, there have been efforts directed towards updating curricula and syllabi, and modernising teaching strategies and educational delivery systems. Such efforts need to be backed by discipline-based research in chemistry (that is, CER) so as to make Chemistry education meaningful. Thus, getting engaged with CER is an important fertile research area at undergraduate level.
At HBCSE, some of the CER areas we have been engaged with are
- Problem based/inquiry learning in chemistry laboratories
- Designing experiments for
- Study of misconceptions (development of concept inventories/diagnostic tools)
- Development of inquiry-based instructional materials
- Understanding epistemic aspects of chemistry
Our engagement with Indian Chemistry Olympiad programme and National Initiative on Undergraduate Science Programme (Chemistry) have helped us to gain insights about difficulties faced by students and teachers from schools and colleges in India and has been a driving force for being engaged with research and development activities in Chemistry education.
We look forward to sustain these efforts with all interested individuals
Publications (See also Cognitive Studies of Science Learning)
- Carneiro, G., Parulekar, T., Shridhar, G., & Ladage, S., (2016). Experimenting with the teaching of organic chemistry - the process oriented guided inquiry learning way. Current Science, 111, (7), 1152-1155.
Ravishankar, L., Ladage, S., & Shridhar, G. (2016). Is research mandatory for teaching undergraduate chemistry? Current Science,110(6),972-973.
- Ravishankar, L., Ladage, S., & Shridhar, G. (2015). Assessment and evaluation in tertiary chemistry education:are we bothered? Current Science. 109(01), 18-20.
- Ladage, S., & Ravishankar, L. (2013). Making learning in chemistry laboratory more meaningful. Current Science. 104(10), 1269-1270.
- Ravishankar, L., Ladage, S., & Shridhar, G. (2013). Exciting undergraduates towards organic chemistry: A study circle approach. Current Science. 105(9), 1227-1229
- Mishra, K. K. (2012). Chemistry: Origin and evolution (Part II), Vigyan, Vol.97, No.10. p. 712.
- Mishra, K. K. (2011). The journey of chemistry: From stone age to atomic age, Vigyan Ganga (BHU), Vol.1, No.2, p.3335.
- Mishra, K. K. (2011). Acharya Prafulla Chandra Ray: A chemist and a saint, Chintan Disha, Vol.2, No.4, p.7880.
- Mishra, K. K. (2011). Chemistry in daily life, Avishkar, Vol.41, No.4, p.813.
- Mishra, K. K. (2011). Chemistry: Origin and evolution (Part I), Vigyan, Vol.97, No.9. p. 37.
Ladage, S. (1994). Study of Students' difficulties in balancing chemical equations, Chemistry Education, Jan-March 1994, 35-40.
- Ladage, S. (1993). The Periodic Table: a preliminary study of students' understanding & Difficulties, Chemistry Education, July-Sept 1993, 23-29.
(in chronological order)
- Savita Ladage(2014). Research and Development in Chemistry Education at HBCSE: An Overview. HBCSE, Mumbai.
- Indrani Das Sen(2014). National Initiative on Undergraduate Studies(NIUS) Chemistry: Towards meaningful learning in chemistry . HBCSE, Mumbai.
- Swapna Narvekar(2014). Learning from the Chemistry Olympiad laboratory. HBCSE, Mumbai
- Ladage, S., Ravishankar L., and Shridhar, G. (2010). Exciting students towards organic chemistry: a study circle approach, paper presented at 21st Biennial Conference on Education in Chemistry held at University of Texas, Denton, USA, August 2010.
- Ladage, S. and Narvekar, S. (2009) Indian National Chemistry Olympiad Examinations: Implications for teaching and learning of chemistry, Chemistry in ICT age, a book of proceeding of 20th International conference in Chemical Education , Springer, 2009.
Savita Ladage (1995). Identifying Students' Misconcepts & Learning Barriers in Chemistry & Designing & Evaluating appropriate Remedial Measures, Ph. D. Thesis, HBCSE, TIFR, (Submitted to the University of Mumbai), Mumbai, 1995
- Ladage S. and Narvekar S. (2013). Indian National Chemistry Olympiad - Theory Papers with Solutions (2002-2004)., HBCSE, Mumbai.
- Ladage S. and Narvekar S. (2013). Indian National Chemistry Olympiad - Theory Papers with Solutions (2005-2007)., HBCSE, Mumbai.
- Ladage, S., Narvekar, S. and Sen, I. (2013). Experimental Problems In Chemistry (2003-2007), Mumbai: HBCSE, Mumbai.
- Ladage, S. and Samant, S. (eds.). (2012). Chemical Education. First International Conference on Education in Chemistry, HBCSE , Mumbai. Narosa: New Delhi.
Ladage, S., Narvekar, S. and Sen, I. (2009). Experimental Problems in Chemistry (2003-2007), April 2009.
Ladage, S., Narvekar, S. and Sen, I. (2009). Challenging Experiments in Chemistry, published by HBCSE, April 2009.
Ladage, S. (2009). Interesting Experiments for Undergraduate Chemistry, Published by HBCSE, April 2009.
Ladage, S. and Narvekar, S. (complied) (2008). Indian National Chemistry Olympiad- Theory Examination Papers (2003 – 2007), February 2008.
Ladage, S. and Kumar, A. (eds.). (2001). Preparatory problems, 33rd International chemistry Olympiad, 2001.
K. K. Mishra (2001): Jal: Jeevan ka Adhaar (Water: The Basis of Life), National Book Trust, New Delhi, ISBN 81-237-3583-9, 106pp .
- Ladage, S. (1993). The Fascinating Story of the Periodic Table, Oxford University Press,1993.
Savita Ladage: Indian Chemistry Olympiad Programme: outcomes of the Decade, Chemistry in ICT age, Springer, 2009.
Savita Ladage and Swapna Narvekar: Indian National Chemistry Olympiad Examinations: Implications for teaching and learning of chemistry, Chemistry in ICT age, Springer, 2009.
Lakshmy Ravishankar and Savita Ladage: Laboratory courses in Organic Chemistry: a Case Study, Chemistry in ICT age, Springer, 2009.
Nilima Srivastava and Savita Ladage: Models and activities for interactive chemistry, Technical Report No. 36, published by HBCSE, April 97.
- Sen I. & Narvekar S. (2013). Acid or Base, the colour tells it all. Teacher Plus Magazine Hyderabad. Pg. No. 28-31, May – June 2013.