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ERIC Number: EJ1104120
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Jun
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
Implementing an Active Learning Environment to Influence Students' Motivation in Biochemistry
Cicuto, Camila Aparecida Tolentino; Torres, Bayardo Baptista
Journal of Chemical Education, v93 n6 p1020-1026 Jun 2016
The Biochemistry: Biomolecules Structure and Metabolism course's goal is to promote meaningful learning through an active learning environment. Thus, study periods (SP) and discussion groups (DG) are used as a substitute for lecture classes. The goal of this study was to evaluate how this learning environment influences students' motivation (n = 74). Motivation was evaluated by a questionnaire that was described in the literature and by comparing students' motivation in several courses. The results showed that the students had high achievement and low performance goals in this learning context. This indicates that students worked harder to learn than to get high grades. Students also had high self-efficacy, active learning strategies, and scientific learning values. Moreover, student's motivation in the active learning environment was higher than or equal to other courses in Pharmacy-Biochemistry. These results demonstrate that the active learning environment had a positive impact on students' motivation.
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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: Brazil
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