Special Issue "Chemistry Education and the 21st Century Skills"

A special issue of Education Sciences (ISSN 2227-7102). This special issue belongs to the section "Curriculum and Instruction".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Tiemann
Guest Editor
Department of Chemistry, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, 10099, Berlin, Germany.
Interests: mental models; decision making; critical thinking; problem solving; gamification; assessment methods

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

For nearly two decades, we have been discussing 21st century skills, sometimes with small shifts of focus, though nowadays, concentrating on a core set of skills and abilities. Accordingly, 21st century skills are the OECD’s scientific and economic community’s answer to a rapidly changing world and its fundamental challenges: socially, environmentally, and for us and our children, individually. Research in chemistry education has investigated, developed, and evaluated a lot of learning environments, training materials, and best-practice examples to understand how to support these skills in teaching and learning chemistry.

This Special Issue of Educational Sciences focuses on learning and innovation skills as part of the 21st century skills framework. They consist of “Critical Thinking and Problem Solving”, “Creativity and Innovation”, and “Communication and Collaboration”. In each of these fields, research in chemistry education can provide concrete, evidence-based studies to illustrate our contribution to mastering the challenges of the future.

I would like to invite you to submit papers related to these skills. Original empirical research papers, reviews, and case studies are welcome.

Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Tiemann
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • critical thinking
  • problem solving
  • creativity
  • innovation
  • communication
  • collaboration

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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