ERIC Number: EJ863161
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Aug
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 33
Do Student Attitudes toward Science Change during a General Education Chemistry Course?
Walczak, Mary M.; Walczak, Daniel E.
Journal of Chemical Education, v86 n8 p985-991 Aug 2009
The importance of educating people to live in our increasingly science- and technology-rich world is well established. Many institutions require students to take one or more courses in science. Some nonscience majors are intrigued by this opportunity, while others are less inclined to take science classes. This project used a mixed-methods approach to investigate students' attitudes towards science at the beginning and end of the course. Selected items from the Views on Science-Technology-Society (VOSTS) survey were used and interviews with selected students were conducted. Statistically significant changes in attitude were noted for items that were directly related to course content. (Contains 4 tables, 3 figures, 1 list, and 1 note.)
Descriptors: Required Courses, Nonmajors, Student Attitudes, Course Content, College Students, Attitude Change, General Education, Science Education, Interviews, College Science, Science and Society
Division of Chemical Education of the American Chemical Society. Subscription Department, P.O. Box 1267, Bellmawr, NJ 08099-1267. Tel: 800-691-9846; Tel: 856-931-5825; Fax: 856-931-4115; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.jce.divched.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A