Didactique et épistémologie de la chimie

lchm2340  2021-2022  Louvain-la-Neuve

Didactique et épistémologie de la chimie
2.00 credits
15.0 h + 5.0 h
Matthys Nathalie;
Didactics and Epistemology of Science Course : LSCI2320
Main themes
The topics covered are those related to teaching chemistry in the third grade :
  •     Conceptual difficulties related to the topics to be taught in chemistry,
  •     The interest and exploitation of experimental or non-experimental activities, essential in chemistry,
Practical sessions on the implementation of essential experiments in chemistry and analysis of learning difficulties.
Learning outcomes

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 Contribution of the teaching unit to the AA reference framework of the program
With regard to the competency framework of the chemistry program (of the didactic finality), this teaching unit contributes to the development and acquisition of the following competencies: AA2.2 / AA2.3 / AA2.4 / AA2.6 / AA2.7 / AA2.8 / AA3.1 / AA3.2 / AA3.3
Learning outcomes at the end of the teaching unit
At the end of this teaching unit, the student is able to :
  •     Use disciplinary didactics and epistemology to guide the pedagogical action in the 3rd level chemistry courses,
  •     Transpose scholarly knowledge into academic knowledge in 3rd grade chemistry,
  •     To design and plan teaching-learning situations (TLS) according to the students concerned and in connection with the reference frameworks of competences and the programs,
  •     To demonstrate mastery of new disciplinary and interdisciplinary knowledge to be taught,
  •     To explore new approaches and pedagogical tools in the subject, interdisciplinary and technological areas,
  •     Design, conduct and evaluate an experimental sequence,
  •     To question one's initial representations and conceptions in order to change them,
Adopt a reflective attitude on one's teaching practices based on didactic and pedagogical principles as well as on educational research.
This teaching unit consists in "equipping" students to become future teachers of chemistry at the 3rd level.
The aim is to present the elements of didactics related to the teaching of chemistry at the 3rd level but also to ensure the transfer and appropriation of these tools by the future teachers through course preparations.
Teaching methods
The teaching activities will be carried out by the course holder, mainly in co-construction with the students (group work, APP, practical work, ...) but will also include lectures, readings, reports, ...
Evaluation methods
Enrolled students will be evaluated as follows :
- Student involvement during classes, group and personal work and labs: 10% of the total grade,
- Completion of a personal file including :
    1/ reflective work on :
        · a contextualization,
        · a pre-design,
        · a manipulation.
    2/ a proposal for a teaching sequence ideally including an experimental dimension
      based on different UAAs approached in the D3 of upper secondary education: 50% of the total mark
       - Presentation and defense of the file during an oral exam: 40% of the total grade.
Other information
LCHIM2340 is a required didactic course for students registered for the agrégation in chemistry and an elective for students registered for the agrégation in biology or physics.
Online resources
on MoodleUCL, acronym LCHM2340.
The site contains the documents presented and used during the courses and allows the deposit of the students' productions.
Des ouvrages en relation avec les disciplines enseignées et avec la didactique seront présentés lors des cours.


Works related to the disciplines taught and to didactics will be presented during the courses.
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Learning outcomes
Teacher Training Certificate (upper secondary education) - Chemistry

Master [120] in Chemistry

Teacher Training Certificate (upper secondary education) - Biology

Master [120] in Biology of Organisms and Ecology

Master [120] in Physics

Teacher Training Certificate (upper secondary education) - Physics

Master [120] in Biochemistry and Molecular and Cell Biology