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ERIC Number: ED110278
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
Pages: 170
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Analysis of Freshman Chemistry Curriculum Practices and Their Relation and Implications to the Students Attitudes and Values.
Backart, Kent Elwood
The problem of this study was to compare teaching methodology and teaching strategies used in general chemistry courses to the attitudes and values of the students taking those courses. Objectives of the study included: (1) an investigation of the teaching methodology in use in chemistry courses, (2) a study of the attitudes of students toward these courses and their perception of the value of the course; and (3) an investigation of the personality and biographical background of the students participating in the study. Data were collected from questionnaires distributed to general chemistry students and from group interviews with general chemistry students and faculty in the fields of science and science education. The data analysis indicated that a student's perception of the benefits of a course increases the probability of success in the course and that students hold a poor attitude toward a class when an impersonal atmosphere prevails by virtue of extremely large lecture sections. Among the conclusions drawn was that to improve education at the first year in college science courses, methods of teaching must be revised. More emphasis must be placed on topics relevant to the student and less on abstractions. Laboratory procedures must be revised to stimulate interest on the part of the non-science major. (Author/MLH)
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, United States International University