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ERIC Number: EJ775028
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 6
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-1470-8175
Improving Thai Students' Understanding of Concepts in Protein Purification by Using Thai and English Versions of a Simulation Program
Phornphisutthimas, Somkiat; Panijpan, Bhinyo; Wood, Edward J.; Booth, Andrew G.
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education, v35 n5 p316-321 Sep-Oct 2007
To support student learning in biochemistry and related courses, a simulation program, the Protein Purification Program, offers an alternative multimedia-based tool. This program has now been translated to produce a Thai version. However, translation from the original into the Thai language is limited by the differences between the language characteristics of English and Thai. Therefore, use of the program with Thai students had a twofold purpose. It helped their understanding of the concepts of protein purification by allowing code switching between the languages, but it also improved their understanding of, and competence in scientific English, which is a vital skill for functioning as a modern biochemist. According to the results of the questionnaires, undergraduates using the Thai/English program scored significantly higher than those using only the English language program (p less than 0.05). In addition, the interview data suggested that the Thai/English program had improved student understanding of the concepts of protein purification to a greater extent than a single language (English) program. Students' overall preference in terms of their learning using the Thai/English program was 4.15 on a 1-5 Likert scale. (Contains 1 figure and 6 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom