JCE 91.08—August 2014 Issue Highlights

Journal of Chemical Education August 2014 Cover

Using Models for Learning Chemistry

The August 2014 issue of the Journal of Chemical Education is now available to subscribers. The August issue contains content to spark thinking about models and how to foster meaningful learning in chemistry classrooms and improve student understanding.

3D Printing


Tangible models help students and researchers visualize chemical structures in three dimensions. 3D printing offers a unique and straightforward approach to fabricate plastic 3D models of molecules and extended solids, as shown on the cover and discussed in . In the article, Vincent F. Scalfani and Thomas P. Vaid describe the preparation of a series of digital 3D design files of molecular structures for teaching chemical education topics such as symmetry and point groups.

Additional applications of 3D printing for teaching chemistry in this issue:

by David N. Blauch and Felix A. Carroll

by Phalgun Lolur and Richard Dawes


In  Editor-in-Chief Norbert J. Pienta reflects on the end of his first five-year term and moving forward, especially with respect to issues concerning the future of the Journal and publication in a digital world.


Vicente Talanquer describes that are often responsible for biases in student thinking. Helping students tame these heuristics may foster more meaningful learning in chemistry classrooms.

Review Articles on Models

, an historical review by William B. Jensen, traces the origins of the Kimball free-cloud model of the chemical bond (or the charge-cloud or tangent-sphere model), and the central role it played in attempts to reform the introductory chemical curriculum at both the high school and college levels in the 1960s. It also critically evaluates the limitations of the model, its current implicit role in the teaching of VSEPR theory, and its pedagogical implications, as well as providing a resource paper for those chemical educators interested in exploring its present-day applications.

In ,Jesper Sjöström and Vicente Talanquer
discuss and reflect on different approaches to include the human element into chemistry education. They describe and illustrate how various levels of complexity in the humanistic dimension can be characterized using different facets of our chemistry knowledge for teaching.

Chemical Education Research


by Alexandra R. Brandriet and Stacey Lowery Bretz

by Jeffrey R. Raker and Thomas A. Holme


by Resa M. Kelly

by Mike T. Springer

Using PhET Interactive Simulations

The PhET Interactive Simulations project at the University of Colorado Boulder has developed over 30 interactive simulations for teaching and learning chemistry. Two articles that discuss this project and how to use its resources are:
by Emily B. Moore, Julia M. Chamberlain, Robert Parson, and Katherine K. Perkins
by Ted M. Clark and Julia M. Chamberlain

Laboratory Experiments

Inquiry-Based Lab

by Suzanne E. Kulevich, Richard S. Herrick, and Kenneth V. Mills

by Meredith C. Wesolowski
Journal of Chemical Education 2014 91 (8), 1224-1227


by William Sweeney, James Lee, Nauman Abid, and Stephen DeMeo

by Richard Giles, Iris Kim, Weyjuin Eric Chao, Jennifer Moore, and Kyung Woon Jung

Studying Polymorphs

by Alex Wixtrom, Jessica Buhler, and Tarek Abdel-Fattah

by Julia E. Pacilio, John T. Tokarski, Rosalynn Quiñones, and Robbie J. Iuliucci

Using Electrospray

by Deborah S. Gross and Hal Van Ryswyk

by Naomi L. Stock and Raymond E. March

From the Archives: Accessible Learning for Students with Blindness or Low Vision

In this issue, Cary A. Supalo, April A. Hill, and Carleigh G. Larrick discuss .

Other articles available in past issue of JCE to help teach students with blindness or low vision include:

by Henry B. Wedler, Lee Boyes, Rebecca L. Davis, Dan Flynn, Annaliese Franz, Christian S. Hamann, Jason G. Harrison, Michael W. Lodewyk, Kristin A. Milinkevich, Jared T. Shaw, Dean J. Tantillo, and Selina C. Wang

by Cary A. Supalo, Mick D. Isaacson, and Michael V. Lombardi

by Debra Boyd-Kimball

by Florbela Pereira, João C. Ponte-e-Sousa, Rui P. S. Fartaria, Vasco D. B. Bonifácio, Paulina Mata, Joao Aires-de-Sousa, and Ana M. Lobo

by Jordan Harshman, Stacey Lowery Bretz, and Ellen Yezierski

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