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ERIC Number: ED098025
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
Pages: 239
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An Investigation into the Attitudes Toward Science of College Chemistry Students as a Function of Laboratory Experience.
Allison, Robert David
An experimental treatment consisting of inquiry laboratory experiences was administered to a group of 41 students enrolled in an introductory college chemistry course. Using a control group of 36 for comparison, students were evaluated to determine attitudinal changes, critical thinking skills, content mastery, laboratory performance skills, and self-evaluations. The investigator taught all sections. Pre- and posttest instruments used were: (1) the Scientific Attitude Inventory, (2) the Watson-Glaser Critical Thinking Appraisal, Form YM, (3) the Anderson-Fisk Chemistry Test, Form E, (4) a Self-Evaluation Inventory, and (5) a Laboratory Performance Examination (LPE). The t-test was used to test for differences in changes between groups and in test scores for each group. Results indicated that the inquiry approach was neither more nor less effective in improving total attitudes toward science, intellectual attitudes toward science, emotional attitudes, or critical thinking skills. This approach did seem to be significantly more effective in increasing laboratory performance skills and in improvement of intellectual attitudes toward science and in critical thinking skills. (Author/EB)
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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Note: Ed.D. Dissertation, University of Northern Colorado