ERIC Number: ED417954
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Access to Knowledge and Critical Thinking in General Chemistry via Social Constructivism: Pedagogical and Curricular Opportunities for Minority Science Majors.
Pushkin, David B.; Colon-Gonzalez, Maria H.
This research study examines the nature of socio-cognitive influences on general chemistry students' learning and success. In this study, "learning" means gaining critical thinking skills and "success" means good academic grades. From a social constructivist and postmodern perspective, learning and success are considered functions of enculturation and empowerment and are measured through a variety of quantitative and qualitative means. The epistemological basis for the study includes principles such as access to knowledge, pedagogical content knowledge, postmodernism, social constructivism, and critical thinking. A discussion of epistemological racism, institutionalized racism, and the context of gender is also included as background to the study. Contains 66 references. (DDR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Diego, CA, April 13-17, 1998). Some pages printed in color may not reproduce well.