Challenging Chemical Misconceptions

Challenging Chemical Misconceptions in the Classroom Project


The Challenging Chemical Misconceptions in the Classroom project was carried out in the academic year 2000-2001. It was funded by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSCTFProject) and based at the University of London Institute of Education.

During the year a number of probes were developed and tested, designed around common alternative conceptions and learning difficulties in chemistry learning.

These were published in the second volume of 'Chemical Misconceptions - Prevention, Diagnosis and Cure'.



Taber, K. S. (2002). Chemical Misconceptions - Prevention, Diagnosis and Cure: Theoretical background (Vol. 1). London: Royal Society of Chemistry.

Taber, K. S. (2002). Chemical Misconceptions - Prevention, Diagnosis and Cure: Classroom resources (Vol. 2). London: Royal Society of Chemistry.

Published probes (available at: external link: http://www.rsc.org/Education/Teachers/Resources/Books/Misconceptions.asp):

  • Acid Revision Map
  • Changes in Chemistry
  • Chemical Comparisons
  • Chemical Stability
  • Completing Word Equations
  • Definitions in Chemistry
  • Elements Compounds or Mixtures
  • Examples of Chemical Explanations
  • Explaining Acid Strength
  • Interactions
  • Ionic Bonding
  • Ionisation Energy
  • Iron
  • Mass and Dissolving
  • Periodic Table
  • Predicting the Melting Temperature of Carbon
  • Reaction Mechanisms
  • Reaction to form Silver Chloride
  • Spot the Bonding
  • Stability and Reactivity
  • The Atom and the Solar System
  • Types of Chemical Reactions
  • Why do hydrogen and flourine react?




See RSCTFProject details



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