Chemistry education now
The turning of the century showed the need for a change in science education. On the one hand the number of students in science dropped, while on the other hand the importance of future scientists became more and more obvious. Like physics and to a lesser extent biology, chemistry education has gone through a difficult period at the beginning of the century. Students indicate that school science is less interesting than other subjects, most important school science has not shown the importance of science for society.
The main challenge was how to make science education more relevant for students. Two aspects played a major role in the solutions that were ultimately found : the first was linking chemistry to the everyday world ; the second showcasing chemistry research in education, to demonstrate how exciting research can be.