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Sign me up! Determining motivation for high school chemistry students enrolling in a second year chemistry course
Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
Dr. Kenneth Summy
Dr. Hassan Ahmad
Dr. Narayan Bhat
A sample of 108 Pre-AP Chemistry students in Texas participated in a study to determine motivational factors for enrolling in AP Chemistry and University Chemistry. The factors measured were academic attitude, perceptions of chemistry, confidence level in chemistry, and expectations/experiences in the chemistry class. Students completed two questionnaires, one at the beginning of the year and one at the end. Four high school campuses from two school districts in Texas participated. Two campuses were traditional high schools and two were smaller magnet schools. The results from this study are able to confirm that there are definite correlations between academic attitudes, perceptions, confidence level, and experiences and a student’s plans to enroll in AP and University Chemistry. The type of school as well as the student’s gender seemed to have an influence on a student’s plan to enroll in a second year of chemistry.
University of Texas-Pan American
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