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Quantifying attitude to chemistry in students at the University of the South Pacific

Brown, S. J and Sharma, Bibhya N. and Wakeling, L and Naiker , M and Chandra, Shaneel and Gopalan, Romila D. and Bilimoria, Veena (2014) Quantifying attitude to chemistry in students at the University of the South Pacific. Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 15 . pp. 184-191. ISSN 1756-1108

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    Abstract

    The attitude towards the study of chemistry for new entrant chemistry students from a multi-national,regional, tertiary educational institution in the South Pacific was investigated using a purpose-designed diagnostic instrument. The Attitude toward the Study of Chemistry Inventory (ASCI) was used to quantify attitude in a cohort of first year undergraduate (n = 144) and foundation (n = 108) chemistry students. A similar, generally positive attitude to the study of chemistry was shown by both groups of students. Exploratory factor analysis using principle axis factoring and direct oblimin rotation was used to identify factors within the pooled data. Three factors accounted for more than 50% of the total variance, while Cronbach’s alpha values for the factors 1, 2 and 3 were 0.92, 0.68 and 0.78, respectively. Factors 1 and 2 were consistent with known constructs of attitude, namely affective (factor 1) and cognitive (factor 2). However, the other factor (3) identified in this study was designated ‘‘Value’’, which may reflect the students’ choice of chemistry as a career path. ASCI may be a suitable tool for monitoring students’ attitude throughout a degree and also to monitor the impact of novel approaches for teaching chemistry and engaging students.

    Item Type: Journal Article
    Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
    L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
    L Education > LC Special aspects of education
    Divisions: College of Foundation Studies
    Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE) > School of Biological and Chemical Sciences
    Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE)
    Depositing User: Dr Romila Devi Gopalan
    Date Deposited: 08 May 2014 09:49
    Last Modified: 04 May 2016 14:24
    URI: http://repository.usp.ac.fj/id/eprint/7432
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