ERIC Number: EJ1126797
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Feb
Abstractor: As Provided
Embedded Mathematics in Chemistry: A Case Study of Students' Attitudes and Mastery
Preininger, Anita M.
Journal of Science Education and Technology, v26 n1 p58-69 Feb 2017
There are many factors that shape students' attitudes toward science, technology, engineering and mathematics. This exploratory study of high school students examined the effect of enriching chemistry with math on chemistry students' attitudes toward math and careers involving math. To measure student attitudes, a survey was administered before and after the 18-week chemistry class; results from the chemistry class were compared to survey results from students in an elective science class that did not emphasize mathematics. At the end of the 18-week period, only the chemistry students exhibited more positive views toward their abilities in mathematics and careers that involve mathematics, as compared to their views at the outset of the course. To ensure that chemistry mastery was not hindered by the additional emphasis on math, and that mastery on state end-of-course examinations reflected knowledge acquired during the math-intensive chemistry class, a chemistry progress test was administered at the start and end of the term. This exploratory study suggests that emphasizing mathematical approaches in chemistry may positively influence attitudes toward math in general, as well as foster mastery of chemistry content.
Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Science Education, Chemistry, Case Studies, Student Attitudes, Mastery Learning, High School Students, STEM Education, Career Awareness, Student Surveys, Attitude Measures, Elective Courses, Attitude Change, Science Tests, Pretests Posttests
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Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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