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ERIC Number: EJ1160625
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Sep
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1450-104X
Learners' Perspectives on Pure Science Content in Vocational Degree Programs: Chemistry for Pharmacists
Smith, James R.; Chungh, Melleisha K.; Sadouq, Sara; Kandiah, Asarthan
Science Education International, v28 n3 p182-189 Sep 2017
The objective of this study was to enquire how the chemistry experience of pharmacy students can be enhanced and how the virtual learning environment (VLE) for chemistry-related pharmacy modules might be improved. All Master of Pharmacy students at the University of Portsmouth United Kingdom were asked to complete a project-designed online questionnaire. Data from University course module feedback questionnaires were also analyzed. Qualitative and quantitative analyses were performed, using appropriate statistical evaluation. Pre-university chemistry was not correlated with current perceived relevance, difficulty, or workload (p>0.05). The latter two were positively correlated (p = 0.003). Students realized their study of chemistry was important (89%). Chemistry- and biology-related areas were rated equally enjoyable (p>0.05), but less than pharmacy practice areas (p<0.0001). Students' preferred choices for VLE development were video lectures > VLE quizzes > audio content. Keeping chemistry content relevant on pharmacy programs is important. Strategies for improving learning through extended use of the VLE have been identified.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)
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