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ERIC Number: EJ924579
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Nov
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 94
ISSN: ISSN-1571-0068
Investigating First-Year Chemistry Learning Difficulties in the South Pacific: A Case Study from Fiji
Coll, Richard Kevin; Ali, Sadaquat; Bonato, John; Rohindra, David
International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, v4 n3 p365-390 Nov 2006
The learning difficulties for new entrant chemistry students from a multi-national, regional, tertiary education institution in the South Pacific were investigated using a purpose-designed diagnostic instrument. The instrument contained 25 items distributed across three themes: scientific reasoning, numeracy and scientific language literacy. The research findings suggest that the main learning difficulty facing these students is in numeracy with students able to interpret numerical data presented in graphical form and to complete rudimentary numerical calculations, but unable to use numerical data or perform calculations involving ratios. Targeted remedial tutoring, based on the results of this diagnostic test instrument, rather than content-driven extra tutorials, are suggested for remediation of learning difficulties.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Fiji