ERIC Number: EJ1125920
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jan
Abstractor: As Provided
Prepare, Do, Review: A Model Used to Reduce the Negative Feelings towards Laboratory Classes in an Introductory Chemistry Undergraduate Unit
Spagnoli, Dino; Wong, Lawrence; Maisey, Shannan; Clemons, Tristan D.
Chemistry Education Research and Practice, v18 n1 p26-44 Jan 2017
Student feelings towards the laboratory component of an introductory chemistry unit were evaluated in an action research study, over a three-year period at the University of Western Australia. In 2013 we found that the percentage of students with negative feelings towards the laboratory increased over the duration of a semester. In 2014 we developed and introduced the use of pre-laboratory online activities, which the students found to be helpful in preparing them for the laboratory. However, there was no change in trend of negative feelings towards laboratory classes from 2013 to 2014. In 2015 we introduced the Prepare, Do, Review model and found that there was a reduction in the percentage of students with negative feelings towards laboratory classes compared with previous years. The Prepare, Do, Review model allows students more time to process the information given in the laboratory. We believe that this model could apply to laboratory programs in any discipline.
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Student Attitudes, Scientific Attitudes, Negative Attitudes, Introductory Courses, Chemistry, Science Laboratories, Laboratory Training, Action Research, Foreign Countries, Science Activities, Electronic Learning, Models, Questionnaires, Educational Strategies, Statistical Analysis
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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