Utilizing microcomputer-based laboratory in inquiry-based chemistry learning
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, six practical laboratory activities have been developed for chemistry education. The aim of the activities is to support the students’ ability to use their knowledge about chemistry in reasoning and develop their inquiry skills. In the development of the activities, previous research on the benefits and challenges of the use of microcomputer-based laboratory was taken into account, and the designed activities have been tested with teachers and students in five countries. The project is now half way through and seeks interested teachers for the further development of the activities.