A study into the design of a pre-laboratory software resource in effectively assisting in the chemistry proficiency of students of chinese origin undertaking post 16 chemistry in the UK

Saskia K E O'Sullivan, Tim Harrison

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Abstract

This qualitative study indicates that Chinese origin students completing their pre-university education in a British school have particular difficulties related to sociocultural change, pedagogical differences, affective aspects, cognitive demand and language learning. These are discussed. The use of a pre-laboratory software resource to support pre-university practical work in chemistry offers considerable benefits a number of the challenges faced by these students in studying in an English setting, most notably in building confidence and cognition through the use of videos of techniques, simulations and glossaries.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9-13
Number of pages5
JournalActa Didactica Napocensia
Volume9
Issue number1
Early online date31 May 2016
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Keywords

  • EAL
  • Chinese learners,
  • pre-lab software,
  • VLE
  • language learning,

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