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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2021

Integrating organic chemical-based socio-scientific issues comics into chemistry classroom: expanding chemists’ toolbox

Cha, Jeongho; Kim, Hak Bum; Kan, Su-Yin; Foo, Wen Yu; Low, Xue Yi; Ow, Jing Yi; Chandran, Prasana Devi Bala; Lee, Gaik Ee; Yong, Jean W.H; Chia, Poh Wai;


Over the past decades, there had been a growing concern for policy makers and scientists to implement the sustainable development (SD) agenda. To date, little efforts are made to instil early awareness and education for sustainable development (ESD) amongst the first-year undergraduates to become effective and responsible global citizens. As such, the learning of organic chemical-based socio-scientific issues (SSIs) within the scientific world is important to promote early awareness amongst chemistry undergraduates in SD. In this manuscript, for the first time comics drawing is being used as learning instruction to instil the ESD learning amongst first-year undergraduates at Universiti Malaysia Terengganu. In this activity, students made their own comics with regard to organic chemical-based SSIs they have read and shared their own comics, together with their reflective essays on the learning management system (LMS). Based on a survey result, students’ involvement in the current activity has resulted in their familiarity with the organic chemical-based SSIs. In addition, they have expressed a high degree of satisfaction toward the implemented activity and the chemistry content they learnt in this course based on the reflective essay received by the course instructor in the LMS.


Basic organic chemistry; comics; education for sustainable development; stimulating awareness about pollution from organic chemicals; students’ active involvement

Published in

Green Chemistry Letters and Reviews

2021, volume: 14, number: 4, pages: 699-709

Authors' information

Cha, Jeongho
Daegu University
Kim, Hak Bum
Daegu University
Kan, Su-Yin
Sultan Zainal Abidin University
Foo, Wen Yu
Universiti Malaysia Terengganu
Low, Xue Yi
Universiti Malaysia Terengganu
Ow, Jing Yi
Universiti Malaysia Terengganu
Chandran, Prasana Devi Bala
Universiti Malaysia Terengganu
Lee, Gaik Ee
Universiti Malaysia Terengganu
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Biosystems and Technology
Chia, Poh Wai
Universiti Malaysia Terengganu

Sustainable Development Goals

SDG4 Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
SDG12 Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

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Organic Chemistry

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