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Issue 4, 2018

Using 3D printed physical models to monitor knowledge integration in biochemistry

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Abstract

Noncovalent interactions determine the three-dimensional structure of macromolecules and the binding interactions between molecules. Students struggle to understand noncovalent interactions and how they relate to structure–function relationships. Additionally, students’ difficulties translating from two-dimensional representations to three-dimensional representations add another layer of complexity found in macromolecules. Therefore, we developed instructional resources that use 3D physical models to target student understanding of noncovalent interactions of small molecules and macromolecules. To this effect, we monitored indicators of knowledge integration as evidenced in student-generated drawings. Analysis of the drawings revealed that students were able to incorporate relevant conceptual features into their drawings from different sources as well as present their understanding from different perspectives.

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Submitted
12 Mar 2018
Accepted
02 Jul 2018
First published
05 Jul 2018

Chem. Educ. Res. Pract., 2018,19, 1199-1215
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Paper
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Using 3D printed physical models to monitor knowledge integration in biochemistry

M. A. Babilonia-Rosa, H. K. Kuo and M. T. Oliver-Hoyo, Chem. Educ. Res. Pract., 2018, 19, 1199 DOI: 10.1039/C8RP00075A

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