Do Serbian high school students possess knowledge of basic chemical facts related to real life as a prerequisite for chemical literacy? Scientific paper

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Filip Stašević
https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4790-6099
Nasta Miletić
https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6017-967X
Jelena Đurđević Nikolić
https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5115-5286
Ivan Gutman
https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9681-1550

Abstract

For a long time, literacy has had a deeper meaning than just the ability of reading and writing. Chemical literacy, as a part of science literacy, represents the use of chemical knowledge and skills in solving real life prob­lems. With the increasing influence that chemistry has on society, chem­ical literacy becomes one of the main goals of science education. In order to exam­ine the knowledge of chemical facts related to real life (as a prerequisite for chemical literacy) of high school students (N = 379), we designed a know­ledge test and constructed a scoring scale for evaluating achievements. The obtained results are contrary to expectations, i.e., a large number of students did not achieve a satisfactory level of knowing selected chemical facts chosen by the authors. The small number of correct answers per question indicates that the examined sample of students does not show a desirable level of chemical knowledge, implying that there is a need for new, improved strategies in chem­istry teaching.

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F. . Stašević, N. . Miletić, J. Đurđević Nikolić, and I. . Gutman, “Do Serbian high school students possess knowledge of basic chemical facts related to real life as a prerequisite for chemical literacy? Scientific paper”, J. Serb. Chem. Soc., vol. 88, no. 3, pp. 343–354, Jan. 2023.
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History of & Education in Chemistry
Author Biographies

Filip Stašević, University of Kragujevac, Faculty of Science, Radoja Domanovića 12, 34000 Kragujevac

Junior Researcher at University of Kragujevac, Faculty of Science

Nasta Miletić, Secondary school Gymnasium - Kosovska Mitrovica, Lole Ribara 29, 38220 Kosovska Mitrovica

High school teacher at Gymnasium - Kosovska Mitrovica

Ivan Gutman, University of Kragujevac, Faculty of Science, Radoja Domanovića 12, 34000 Kragujevac

Professor Emeritus at University of Kragujevac, Faculty of Science

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