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The chemedian brings laughter to the chemistry classroom

Weitkamp, Emma; Burnet, Frank


Emma Weitkamp
Associate Professor in Science Communication

Frank Burnet


"The Chemedian and the Crazy Football Match" is a comic strip developed by the authors to bring humour to aspects of the UK primary science curriculum. The comic strip was tested in six English primary school classes (years 3-5; ages 7-10); over 150 children participated in the project, together with six teachers. Children found the comic strip fun to read and engaged with the character. In addition, children were able to provide explanations for the 'science' performed by the Chemedian based on their own experience. However, it was notable that children found it hard to project actions the Chemedian would take in other similar situations that were based on the same scientific premises used in the comic strip. Instead, children seemed to draw on either their own preferences for actions or on actions they expected other more generalised comic characters might undertake. From the teacher assessments of class behaviour, it was clear that the comic strip format had engaged children, particularly boys, in what was essentially a reading and discussion based activity. This approach might open up new avenues for cross curricular links between science and literacy.


Weitkamp, E., & Burnet, F. (2007). The chemedian brings laughter to the chemistry classroom. International Journal of Science Education, 29(15), 1911-1929.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Dec 3, 2007
Journal International Journal of Science Education
Print ISSN 0950-0693
Electronic ISSN 1464-5289
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 29
Issue 15
Pages 1911-1929
Keywords science communication, comics, chemistry, education, primary
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