Feasibility of Modifying Existing Chemistry Demonstrations by Using Substitute Materials

  • Dane Mykel M. Quiambao Department of Chemistry, Loyola Schools, Ateneo de Manila University, Katipunan Ave. Loyola Heights, Quezon City, Philippines 1108
  • Armando Jr. M. Guidote Department of Chemistry, Loyola Schools, Ateneo de Manila University, Katipunan Ave. Loyola Heights, Quezon City, Philippines 1108; Philippine Institute of Pure and Applied Chemistry (PIPAC), Ateneo de Manila University Campus, Katipunan Ave. Loyola Heights, Quezon City, Philippines 1108
  • Rhodora F. Nicdao Department of Education, Loyola Schools, Ateneo de Manila University, Katipunan Ave. Loyola Heights, Quezon City, Philippines 1108
Keywords: Chemistry demonstrations, Introductory Chemistry, Likert scale-based questionnaire

Abstract

This study aimed to reiterate the use of Chemistry demonstrations as effective teaching tools to students while addressing some of its drawbacks, which discourages teachers from doing them such as cost and safety. Four chosen existing Chemistry demonstrations (Blue Bottle Experiment, Copper Sulfate Experiment, Blown Away, Dancing Flames) were modified by using substitute reagents, which are more accessible, relatively safer, and at lower cost. These demonstrations were chosen based on how easily the substitute reagents will be obtained. Afterwards, with the permission of a private junior high school, they were presented to a group of Grade 9 students of their choosing. The students were asked to evaluate each demonstration using a Likert scale-based questionnaire. This questionnaire rates each demonstration in terms of aesthetics, the materials and procedure done, effectiveness to explain certain Chemistry topics, safety, and the students’ overall judgment regarding the use of demonstrations as teaching tools. By converting their evaluation to quantitative values, the demonstrations scored high in all major categories. With this, it is highly recommended to explore other Chemistry demonstrations for possible modifications, which can be integrated in lecture classes.

Published
2020-09-11
How to Cite
Quiambao, D. M. M., Guidote, A. J. M., & Nicdao, R. F. (2020). Feasibility of Modifying Existing Chemistry Demonstrations by Using Substitute Materials. KIMIKA, 31(2), 55-61. https://doi.org/10.26534/kimika.v31i2.55-61
Section
Research Articles