Chemistry is full of abstract concepts that are not easy to understand. Using analogies is one of the most useful tools for helping learners to understand these chemical concepts. Analogies compare something abstract to something more concrete, which learners can relate to in their everyday experience.Effective analogies can clarify thinking, help students overcome misconceptions, and give ways to visualise abstract concepts. However, misleading or confusing analogies can be more than just a waste of class time; they can interfere with students’ learning.After working through this topic, you will be able to:explain why the use of good analogies will enhance student learning;evaluate analogies; anduse analogies more effectively in your lessons.
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