Supporting the Relevance of Chemistry Education through Sustainable Ionic Liquids Context: A Research-Based Design Approach

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By introducing the sustainable nature of chemistry to students—makers of the future—teachers, and teacher students we can promote their scientific literacy and increase understanding of the relevance of chemistry research and studies in sustainability. Ionic liquids are a topical example of innovation of green chemistry research offering many possibilities for sustainable chemistry education. This article describes how to develop research-based learning materials on ionic liquids using educational design research as a design strategy. The design process included two cycles and the initial design solution was iterated via a qualitative case study conducted with future chemistry teachers. The main result of this research is the designed context-based activity that engages learners with individual, vocational, and societal levels of relevance. In addition, the study produced new insights into future chemistry teachers’ perceptions of ionic liquids’ possibilities in a chemistry learning context. According to future chemistry teachers, ionic liquids are an interesting new context for laboratory learning and can increase interest in chemistry studies.
Translated title of the contributionKehittämistutkimus: Kestävän kemian tiedekasvatuksen relevanssin tukeminen ioniliuotin kontekstilla
Original languageEnglish
Article number6220
Issue number10
Number of pages18
Publication statusPublished - May 2022
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Fields of Science

  • chemistry education
  • context-based
  • design-based research
  • ionic liquids
  • relevance
  • sustainable chemistry
  • teacher education
  • 116 Chemical sciences

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