ERIC Number: ED385432
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Apr
Undergraduates' (Non-Science Majors) Evaluations of Geology Labs.
Boone, William J.
At many colleges and universities undergraduates pursuing nonscience majors complete introductory science courses which are structured to provide a broad overview of the field. Commonly such courses include large lecture sections which meet twice a week, and small lab sections that are held once a week. A survey was developed to evaluate the attitudes of non-major undergraduates towards geology labs at a large state university. The survey required students to rate 13 different labs using 9 different criteria. A probabilistic multifaceted model was used to evaluate the data. In general, a number of patterns became apparent when the ordering and spacing of labs and rating criteria were reviewed. Review of the lab materials supplied to the students suggests that those labs which had the greatest number of connections to topics students were familiar with, were the highest rated labs. The other most highly rated lab involved evaluating the jaws and teeth of different animals, and developing connections between what is observed in present day humans and animals. The results imply that some application must be injected into the labs so that the activities are viewed as relevant, regardless of a student's major. Contains 23 references. (LZ)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (San Francisco, CA, April 21-25, 1995).