Student Understandings of Topics in General Chemistry II
The purpose of this study is to investigate students' cognitive processes as they think through topics typically encountered in General Chemistry II. The clinical interview method was applied to probe students' thoughts as they work through a series of tasks. Each interview was audio recorded and transcribed into a text document. The process of discourse analysis was applied to each transcript to generate thematic codes from which a reconstruction of students' responses was formed. It was found that students respond in topic domains that are highly reflective of the tasks presented to them. Students could potentially apply each topic domain to two modes of thinking; problem-solving and hypothetical. Within the problem-solving thinking mode there exists two sub-categories, based on problem-solving approaches; algorithmic and conceptual.