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ERIC Number: ED311986
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Nov
Pages: 47
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Pima College Students' Knowledge of Selected Basic Physical Science Concepts.
Iadevaia, David G.
In 1989 a study was conducted at Pima Community College (PCC) to assess students' knowledge of basic physical science concepts. A three-part survey instrument was administered to students in a second semester sociology class, a first semester astronomy class, a second semester Spanish class, and a first semester physics class. The survey instrument sought to determine students' opinions about certain scientific topics, assess their knowledge of and ability to apply 12 basic scientific facts, and gather demographic data. Study findings, based on questionnaires completed by 89 students, included the following: (1) over 50% of the students missed the questions on energy, reaction rate, photosynthesis, relativity, and projectile motion; (2) students who had completed college-level science (CS) courses had significantly higher test scores than students who had only completed high school (HS) science courses; (3) 30% of the HS students and 18% of the CS students agreed with the statement that "some numbers are especially lucky for people"; (4) 31% of the HS students and 15% of the CS students agreed with the statement that "In this complicated world of ours, the only way we can know what is going on is to rely on leaders and experts who can be trusted"; (5) 15% of the HS students and 3% of the CS students agreed with the statement that "It is not wise to plan ahead because many things turn out to be a matter of good or bad luck anyway"; and (6) 46% of the HS students and 50% of the CS students agreed that "human beings as we know them today developed from earlier species of mammals." Based on study findings, it was recommended that all PCC students be required to take one physical science course. Two versions of the survey instrument are attached, along with critiques from a panel of experts on the first version. (JMC)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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Language: English
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