The Unit of Chemistry Teacher Education at the Department of Chemistry organises education for student teachers studying chemistry as a major or minor subject, primary school student teachers, postgraduate students in chemistry education, as well as subject and primary school teachers. The unit has been in operation at the Department of Chemistry since 2001.
In honor of the 15th Anniversary of the Unit of Chemistry Teacher Education in Department of Chemistry, a special issue is published as the latest issue of LUMAT-B journal.
The special issue contains 18 articles about the chemistry education research carried out at the University of Helsinki.
Chemistry teaching and learning is one of the areas of focus in research in the Department of Chemistry in the University of Helsinki. Research creates a base for supporting the understanding of chemistry and for the development of good-quality chemistry teaching from basic education to higher education and to teacher education. With the use of research based teacher education in chemistry, we support chemistry teaching and its development communally.
The writers of these articles are PhDs, who have graduated from our unit, and our doctoral students. In the articles they highlight their own research and describe briefly the central concepts and topics of chemistry education that relates to their research. The writers also bring out how teachers are able to exploit this new information in their chemistry teaching.
The main objectives of Kemma are to support in-service and pre-service chemistry teachers in increasing the standard of learning and competence in chemistry, and also to develop chemistry education and chemistry education research, keeping in mind the need to increase the interest towards the subject itself.
ChemistryLab Gadolin is a learning environment supporting and developing chemistry teaching and learning. It also aims to support the positive image of chemistry and offer the educational alternatives in the field of chemistry. The class is named after Johan Gadolin (1760–1852), the founder of Finnish chemistry research and discoverer of the element Yttrium.