ERIC Number: ED287735
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Apr
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Differences in Students' Perceptions of Their High School Biology and Chemistry Classes over the Course of a School Year.
Schnell, Robert E.; And Others
The purpose of this study was to describe student perceptions within high school classes in biology and chemistry over the course of a school year. The sample consisted of 435 high school college preparatory science students who were enrolled in 44 different biology and chemistry classes in central New York State. Measurements of attitude toward science and perceptions of the classroom environment were made with 33 Likert-type items drawn from other instruments. The results indicated that science attitudes become worse during the school year. According to the perceptions of the students, two thinking variables, creative exploration and logical thinking, decreased during the school year. Creative exploration, which involves divergent thinking, was significantly different between chemistry student's perceptions and the biology students' perceptions, with chemistry students indicating that lower levels of creative exploration occur in those classes. The results also indicated that many of the correct answers in chemistry may be obtained by using logical thinking and problem solving techniques, whereas biology students quickly learn that success is obtained by remembering large amounts of information. (TW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Audience: Practitioners; Researchers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association (Washington, DC, April 9-12, 1987).