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ERIC Number: ED500715
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 12
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 12
University Students' Perceptions of Their Science Classrooms
Kaya, Osman Nafiz; Kilic, Ziya; Akdeniz, Ali Riza
Online Submission, Paper presented at the 18th International Conference on Chemical Education "Chemistry Education for the Modern World" (Istanbul, Turkey, 2004)
The purpose of this study was to investigate the dimensions of the university students' perceptions of their science classes and whether or not the students' perceptions differ significantly as regards to the gender and grade level in six main categories namely; (1) pedagogical strategies, (2) faculty interest in teaching, (3) students interest and perceived competence in science, (4) passive learning, (5) grades as feedback, and (6) laboratory experiences. There were a total of 507 students from two big universities in Turkey, including pre-service middle school science and chemistry teachers, was randomly selected for the study. The study group consisted of 232 males and 275 female students in age ranging between 18 and 23. Questionnaire of Perceptions of Science Classes (QPSC), consisting of a 55-positive and negative Likert scale items, was administered to all students. The statistical results of the QPSC scores indicated that the undergraduates' perceptions of their science classes were significantly differ favoring female students in the grades of third year, and students' perceptions of their science classes showed a significant positive change from first to third years of the universities. Also, there was a significant difference favoring the female students on the factor of students' interest and perceived competence in science in the grades of second and final year. In the grade of third year, female students were significantly better than male students on the factors of faculty interest in teaching, grades as feedback, and laboratory experiences, while male students were better than female students on only the factor of passive learning in the grade of the first year. Appended are: (1) The Perceptions of Science Class Survey. (Contains 5 tables.)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Turkey