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ERIC Number: EJ850006
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
ISSN: ISSN-1011-3487
Preparedness for Tertiary Chemistry: Issues of Placement and Performance of Academic Development Programmes
Potgieter, M.; Davidowitz, B.; Mathabatha, S. S.
South African Journal of Higher Education, v22 n4 p861-876 2008
The introduction of an outcomes-based curriculum in South Africa together with a new syllabus for physical sciences for grades 10-12, prompted the development of an instrument to monitor conceptual understanding in chemistry at the secondary-tertiary interface. This instrument was used to evaluate placement within different programmes at tertiary institutions as well as improvement in the conceptual understanding of chemistry during the first year of instruction. Comparison of preparedness revealed distinct profiles for proficiencies of mainstream and academic development cohorts, respectively, at the Universities of Cape Town, UCT, and Pretoria, UP, but not at the University of Limpopo, UL, which raises doubts about the placement of students at that institution. Unnecessary duplication of offerings for under-prepared students was found at UP. The academic development programmes at UCT and UP were effective in raising the level of conceptual understanding of students while students in the UL programme showed very little improvement. (Contains 5 tables and 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Africa