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ERIC Number: ED100616
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1970
Pages: 144
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A Comparative Study of Achievement in CHEM and Traditional High School Chemistry Courses Based on Students' Perception of Their Motivation for Studying the Subject.
Diamond, Pauline Taube
The author sought to establish reasons for secondary school students' selecting chemistry as part of their course of studies. Another aspect of the study related to predictor variables and the study of chemistry, and a third aspect related to the type of curriculum used--Chemical Education Materials Study (CHEMS) or traditional. Eleventh-grade students (356 enrolled in the CHEMS curriculum and 328 in traditional curricula) comprised the sample. A student questionnaire, The American Chemical Society--National Science Teachers Association Cooperative Examination in High School Chemistry--Form 1969 (ACS), The Test on Understanding Science (TOUS), the Lorge-Thorndike Intelligence Tests, and the Test of Academic Progress were the instruments used to obtain data. Computer analysis provided t-test, chi-square, Pearson product moment correlation, stepwise multiple regression analysis, and analysis of covariance. Conclusions based on the findings indicated that most students did not have preprofessional purposes or special interest in the subject as a discipline. The traditional curriculum was more effective than CHEMS with the highly motivated students with preprofessional interest in the subject. Important predictor variables were student motivation, verbal I.Q., and mathematics, reading, and science achievement. Alternate curricula were strongly recommended. (Author/EB)
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