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ERIC Number: ED360944
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-May
Pages: 29
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Noncognitive Predictors of Achievement in Introductory College Chemistry. AIR 1993 Annual Forum Paper.
House, J. Daniel
This study investigated the predictive relationship between initial student attitudes, admissions test scores, years of high school math taken, and the student's subsequent achievement in introductory college chemistry. A group of 179 students who began as new freshmen during the same fall semester and took an introductory chemistry course during their first year of college, participated in the study. All students completed a survey which included several items that measured students' self-ratings of their academic abilities and their expectancies for academic achievement. The results indicated that students' initial attitudes are significant predictors of their subsequent grade achievement in introductory college chemistry. In addition, it was found that self-ratings of mathematical ability were significant predictors of earning a grade of C or better, while the number of years of high school math taken was a significant predictor of earning a passing grade (D or better). These results suggest that there is a set of minimum mathematical skills necessary for passing introductory chemistry and that initial attitudes become significant predictors only for students who have the prerequisite math skills. Contains 54 references. (GLR)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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