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ERIC Number: EJ820321
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Nov
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 26
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
High School Chemistry Content Background of Introductory College Chemistry Students and Its Association with College Chemistry Grades
Tai, Robert H.; Ward, R. Bruce; Sadler, Philip M.
Journal of Chemical Education, v83 n11 p1703-1711 Nov 2006
Do students who focus on some content areas in high school chemistry have an advantage over others in college chemistry? Published research on high school preparation for college science dates back as far as the 1920s, but results have been mixed. This manuscript seeks to answer this question through the use of a broad-based survey of 3521 introductory college chemistry students. This study provides descriptive analyses showing the distribution of high school content experiences reported by college chemistry students from 31 four-year colleges and universities in the United States. The results indicate that stoichiometry rises above seven other topic areas studied in high school as most strongly predictive of college chemistry success. In addition, three mathematics background predictors, including calculus background, were found to be highly significant. (Contains 5 figures, 5 tables, and 6 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States