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Problem types in synthetic organic chemistry research: Implications for the development of curricular problems for second-year level organic chemistry instruction

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Understanding of the nature of science is key to the development of new curricular materials that mirror the practice of science. Three problem types (project level, synthetic planning, and day-to-day) in synthetic organic chemistry emerged during a thematic content analysis of the research experiences of eight practising synthetic organic chemists. Project-level problems include the overarching purpose of synthesizing target molecules. Synthetic planning problems include both the retrosynthetic analysis of target molecules and subsequent development of synthetic pathway proposals. Day-to-day problems include the ‘hurdles’ faced in research laboratories while attempting to realize proposed synthetic pathways. Recommendations are made as to how understanding of the three problem types impact undergraduate-level organic chemistry instruction.

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The article was received on 22 Jul 2011, accepted on 03 Jan 2012 and first published on 17 Jan 2012


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C2RP90001G
Citation: Chem. Educ. Res. Pract., 2012,13, 179-185
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    Problem types in synthetic organic chemistry research: Implications for the development of curricular problems for second-year level organic chemistry instruction

    J. R. Raker and M. H. Towns, Chem. Educ. Res. Pract., 2012, 13, 179
    DOI: 10.1039/C2RP90001G

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