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ERIC Number: EJ1084261
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Dec
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
General Chemistry Students' Goals for Chemistry Laboratory Coursework
DeKorver, Brittland K.; Towns, Marcy H.
Journal of Chemical Education, v92 n12 p2031-2037 Dec 2015
Little research exists on college students' learning goals in chemistry, let alone specifically pertaining to laboratory coursework. Because students' learning goals are linked to achievement and dependent on context, research on students' goals in the laboratory context may lead to better understanding about the efficacy of lab curricula. This study characterized undergraduate students' learning goals for general chemistry laboratory coursework by recording video of students completing laboratory experiments and interviewing the students about their experiences. The data was analyzed utilizing the framework of learning domains as described by Human Constructivism. Students were found to be primarily guided by affective goals, such as the desire to feel good by completing the requirements and getting done early. This stood in conflict with any psychomotor or cognitive goals they held concurrently. The data provide suggestions for reform of the general chemistry laboratory curriculum.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Indiana
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