ERIC Number: EJ1112710
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Oct
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Upper-Level Undergraduate Chemistry Students' Goals for Their Laboratory Coursework
DeKorver, Brittland K.; Towns, Marcy H.
Journal of Research in Science Teaching, v53 n8 p1198-1215 Oct 2016
Efforts to reform undergraduate chemistry laboratory coursework typically focus on the curricula of introductory-level courses, while upper-level courses are bypassed. This study used video-stimulated recall to interview 17 junior- and senior- level chemistry majors after they carried out an experiment as part of a laboratory course. It is assumed that the students who are taking those courses are inherently more interested and motivated to learn the material, thus requiring less support from the curriculum. The videos and interviews revealed that the upper-level students displayed strong similarities to students in introductory-level coursework: holding conflicting goals and lacking reflection on their progress toward achieving those goals. Upper-level laboratory curricula should be scrutinized to ensure that students receive the maximum benefit from laboratory coursework.
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Chemistry, Science Instruction, Science Laboratories, Science Curriculum, Introductory Courses, Video Technology, Majors (Students), Interviews, Science Experiments, Advanced Courses, College Science, Curriculum Development
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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