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ERIC Number: EJ984481
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 104
ISSN: ISSN-1756-1108
Cooperative Learning Instruction for Conceptual Change in the Concepts of Chemical Kinetics
Kirik, Ozgecan Tastan; Boz, Yezdan
Chemistry Education Research and Practice, v13 n3 p221-236 2012
Learning is a social event and so the students need learning environments that enable them to work with their peers so that they can learn through their interactions. This study discusses the effectiveness of cooperative learning compared to traditional instruction in terms of students' motivation and understanding of chemical kinetics in a high school chemistry course. Participants were 110 eleventh grade students from two different schools. The researchers administered the Reaction Rate Concept Test to measure the students' understanding of chemical kinetics, the Science Process Skill Test to decide whether the groups were different in terms of their science process skills before instruction, and the Motivated Strategies for Learning Questionnaire to assess students' motivation for a chemistry course. Results of the experiment showed that compared to traditional instruction, cooperative learning enabled better understanding of the concepts of chemical kinetics and improved students' motivation to study chemistry for both schools. (Contains 7 tables and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 11; High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Turkey