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ERIC Number: EJ863196
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
Surveying Students' Attitudes and Perceptions toward Guided-Inquiry and Open-Inquiry Laboratories
Chatterjee, Suparna; Williamson, Vickie M.; McCann, Kathleen; Peck, M. Larry
Journal of Chemical Education, v86 n12 p1427-1432 Dec 2009
Inquiry-based laboratory experiments can play an important role for students in developing concepts and promoting deeper understanding. This study examined students' ability to differentiate between guided- and open-inquiry laboratories near the end of a semester of general chemistry at a large southwestern university that utilized both types of inquiry laboratories. Students were asked to identify new scenarios as guided inquiry, open inquiry, or neither. The study also investigated the students' attitudes toward both types of inquiry laboratories they had performed during the semester, and whether students perceived that they learned more with a guided-inquiry or an open-inquiry laboratory. Results indicated that 78% of the students could identify guided-inquiry laboratories, while 54% could identify open-inquiry laboratories; only 46% could identify both guided- and open-inquiry laboratories correctly. Further, students preferred doing guided-inquiry labs compared to open-inquiry labs, and they thought they learned more with guided-inquiry labs. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A