
From a survey of college professors:


This table and analysis section is in The Journal of Chemical Education,
October, 2003 in an article "What Should We Teach in High School Chemistry?" by Kelly Deters.
Table 4: RESULTS. College professors chose their top
five topics/skills that students need when they come into their college chemistry courses.
See Table 1 for the description of each topic as it appeared on the survey.
Topic

Percent
of participants rating topic in their top five 
Basic skills

82

Moles

58

Dimensional
analysis 
56

Stoichiometry

55

Naming/Writing
formulas 
55

Atomic Structure

44

Balancing
equations 
44

Lab skills

24

Periodic
table 
24

Solutions
and concentrations 
21

Process
skills 
20

Classification
of matter 
18

Types of
reactions 
7 
Gases

5 
Equilibrium
(qual) 
5 
History

3 
Acid/base
(simple) 
2 
Enthalpy

2 
Kinetics
(qual) 
1 
Acid/base
(complex) 
0 
Kinetics
(quant) 
0 
Equilibrium
(quant) 
0 
Analysis
For each topic, the percentage of
professors including that topic in their top five was calculated. Topics were
analyzed for statistical significance between topics using analysis of variance (ANOVA).
The null hypothesis was rejected and the NewmanKeuls procedure was used to determine which topics had statistically
significantly higher percentage of votes than other topics (16). The top seven topics were statistically significantly higher ranked than the other topics. Table 4 displays the results of the analysis.
Topics that participants included in the other category included: bonding (types and characteristics), Lewis Dot Structures,
writing skills, examining the plausibility of answers, connections between the macro/micro worlds, connections to their reallife,
and descriptive chemistry. Statistics were not calculated on the frequency of
these comments, as it can not be determined how many people would have chosen them in their top five if they had been listed
on the survey.
Reprinted by permission of author.







