Simo Tolvanen's research while affiliated with University of Helsinki and other places

Publications (4)

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In spring 2013, students attending the course The Central Areas of Chemistry Education II studied the history of key chemistry concepts as well as the research on the use of historical approach to chemistry teaching. Based on the research literature, they produced materials for chemistry teaching in secondary and upper secondary school. In addition...
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In inquiry-based chemistry learning, students can seek answers to research questions by designing and implementing a laboratory work and evaluating the results. Microcomputer-based laboratory equipment that enable the drawing of graphs about the studied phenomenon in real-time, can be utilized in the practical work. In international COMBLAB project...
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Successful implementation of historical approach to teach nature of science (NOS) requires suitable curriculum material. Several research and development projects have produced lesson plans for science teachers. 25 lesson plans from four different projects involved in creating curriculum material utilizing historical approach in chemistry education...
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Historical approach is one way of supporting the learning of concepts and phenomena of chemistry, and nature of chemistry. In this article, project works dealing with the topics to chemistry (organic reactions and synthesis, acid and alkali oxides, mass and mole, Le Châtelier’s principle, atom models, electrochemistry, gas laws, and periodic table...

Citations

... Up until now, participation has occurred in the following international projects (in alphabetical order): the Nordic ActSHEN project as well as the EU projects COMBLAB and Designstem, in addition to the international StarT (see Chapter 2.2). Action for Sustainability in Higher Education in the Nordic region (ActSHEN) 18 is a Nordic collaboration and research project that took place during 2013-17, where a model for supporting sustainable development in higher education, was developed (Heiskanen, Käyhkö, & Virtanen, 2017;Tolvanen, 2016;Tolvanen & Aksela, 2013). In this project, new approaches have been developed into teaching about sustainable development, which have been applied in various ways in participating institutions as well as in a course Sustainable development in teaching for pre-service teachers at the University of Helsinki. ...
... Historical narratives can function as settings that give meaning to epistemological ideas, thus promoting their transferability to other situations (Irwin, 2000). Numerous international initiatives such as The MAP Project, STeT Project, HIPST Project and SHINE Project have developed instructional materials to this end (Clough, 2006;Klopfer & Cooley, 1963;Kokkotas et al., 2007;Tolvanen et al., 2014). Besides supporting conceptual learning, these materials include activities that are designed to encourage views about NOS (Henke et al., 2009), animations that illuminate the procedural and socio-cultural structure of science (Piliouras et al., 2011) and historical experiments (Cavicchi, 2008;Mäntylä, 2013). ...