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ERIC Number: EJ784356
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb
Pages: 23
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 69
ISSN: ISSN-0022-4308
Seeking Evidence for "Curricular Relevancy" within Undergraduate, Liberal Arts Chemistry Textbooks
Naughton, Wendy; Schreck, James; Heikkinen, Henry
Journal of Research in Science Teaching, v45 n2 p174-196 Feb 2008
Interviews with representatives of nine municipal agencies involved in air-quality education were analyzed for concepts and skills perceived as important for citizens in addressing air-quality concerns. Interviewees focused mainly on general air quality-related understandings (60.2%), although cognitive skills (22.0%) and specific concepts (17.8%) were also mentioned. The major categories of desired air-quality understandings identified in interviews included sources, impact, detection, and transport of air pollutants. Identified cognitive skills focused on information-gathering and -evaluating abilities, enabling informed air-quality decision making. Eight Learning Goal Sets generated from interview data and validated via peer and member checks helped guide a content analysis of six undergraduate liberal arts chemistry textbooks. Overall, sampled chemistry textbooks supported the previously identified air-quality concepts and skills. However, few textbooks directly confronted interviewee-reported, air quality-related misconceptions and inabilities. Instructional and research implications of these validated air-quality learning goals and subsequent textbook analyses are discussed. (Contains 16 tables.)
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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