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ERIC Number: EJ776869
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Oct
Pages: 27
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 39
ISSN: ISSN-0022-4308
Analysis of Verbal Interactions during an Extended, Open-Inquiry General Chemistry Laboratory Investigation
Krystyniak, Rebecca A.; Heikkinen, Henry W.
Journal of Research in Science Teaching, v44 n8 p1160-1186 Oct 2007
This study explores effects of participation by second-semester college general chemistry students in an extended, open-inquiry laboratory investigation. Verbal interactions among a student lab team and with their instructor over three open-inquiry laboratory sessions and two non-inquiry sessions were recorded, transcribed, and analyzed. Coding categories were developed using the constant comparison method. Findings indicate that, during open-inquiry activities, the student team interacted less often, sought less instructor guidance, and talked less about chemistry concepts than during their non-inquiry activities. Evidence suggests that the students employed science process skills and engaged in higher-order thinking during both types of laboratory activities. Implications for including open-inquiry experiences in general chemistry laboratory programs on student understanding of science as inquiry are discussed. (Contains 8 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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