ERIC Number: ED365557
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
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Comparison of Formal Operations: Students Enrolled in ChemCom versus a Traditional Chemistry Course.
Smith, Leslie A.; Bitner, Betty L.
The purpose of this study was to determine the influence of an STS curriculum (ChemCom) versus a traditional chemistry curriculum (GenChem) on student formal reasoning level. Cluster random sampling was used to select the sample (N=123). Gender differences in formal reasoning level were also investigated. The abbreviated GALT pretest was administered to students enrolled in a ChemCom curriculum (n=63) and a GenChem curriculum (n-60). A GALT posttest was administered after treatment. ANCOVA and chi-square statistical tests were used to analyze differences between the two curricular approaches and between gender, respectively. No significant differences were indicated with males outscoring females on both pretest and posttest scores. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: ChemCom; Group Assessment of Logical Thinking; Science Technology and Society Courses
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Science Teachers Association (Kansas City, MO, April 1993).