ERIC Number: ED393693
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
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Life after "ChemCom": Do They Succeed in University-Level Chemistry Courses?
Chemistry in the Community ("ChemCom") is a high-school level chemistry text developed by the American Chemical Society (ACS) designed for the college-bound student. The purpose of this study was to identify students enrolled in a university-level chemistry course designed for the nonscience major who had experienced the ChemCom curriculum in high school and to evaluate their success. Participants (N=685) from two summer courses (1993 and 1995) were classified into six groups: no prior chemistry, first-year ChemCom, first-year regular, first-year honors, second-year (Chem II), and advanced placement (AP) students. Final course averages for each group were calculated and compared. All groups of students on the average were successful in completion of the course (i.e. had averages above 66%). Results of a t-test indicated statistically significant differences occurred at an alpha level of 0.05, but the ChemCom group did not exhibit a statistically significant difference. Other findings included a decline in enrollment over the experimental period, especially for the ChemCom group. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: ChemCom; Reform Efforts
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (69th, St. Louis, MO, April 2, 1996).