ERIC Number: ED420521
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Promoting Scientific Inquiry through the MORE Laboratory.
Tien, L. T.; Stacy, A. M.
The purpose of this study is to investigate the effects of two laboratory environments for introductory chemistry on undergraduate students' inquiry skills. The two laboratory environments are embedded in the same lecture course. The standard laboratory curriculum and instruction are distinct from the curriculum explored in this study, the MORE (Model, Observe, Reflect, Explain) curriculum. The MORE curriculum emphasizes how to think through the inquiry process rather than focusing on how to perform laboratory procedures and algorithmic calculations. This study examines the classroom interactions in each setting and analyzes students' abilities to design their own experiments. Analysis of videotapes shows a marked contrast between the two laboratory environments. Interaction in the MORE environment focuses on a reflective level and the students in that environment appear to make connections between actions and models more easily. Contains 24 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).