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The design and implementation of microcomputer-based laboratory instrumentation in the British Columbia high school chemistry curriculum MacIsaac, Daniel Lawrence


This thesis is concerned with the design, development and implementation of Microcomputer-Based Laboratory experiments appropriate for Chemistry 11 and 12 in British Columbia. Computer apparatus, software and instructional materials were designed and constructed with feeedback and assistance from students and teachers. These materials were then used in the classroom laboratory to collect and prepare real-time graphs of pH, spectrophotometric and temperature data for modified versions of laboratories 2a, 16b, 19b, and 20h taken from the Canadianized Heath Chemistry laboratory program. Results of student academic performance are presented, along with samples of the interactions used during iterative materials design. The appropriateness of MBL incorporation is discussed at length, and suggested courses of action presented to B.C. Chemistry educators interested in acquiring MBL technology.

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