New Perspectives in Science Education

Edition 13

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Assessment of the Attitudes of Engineering Freshman Students towards Chemistry Learning Using an Adaptation of the Colorado Learning Attitudes About Science Survey (CLASS)

Patricia Morales Bueno, Department of Science, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú PUCP (Peru)


Some studies have reported for the case of Iberoamerica [1] that the majority of students do not have direct interest in the study of the exact and natural sciences, although the engineering ones have better acceptance, the greater tendency is towards the Social Sciences. There are many factors that determine this disinterest and its articulation is quite complex, however it is necessary to study them to have relevant information that could be taken into account for the design of effective strategies that contribute to improve this situation. One of the critical aspects is the students' attitude towards the learning of science which is associated with their conceptions of science. The promotion of favorable attitudes toward science and technology is one of the priority objectives of scientific education. The aim of this study is to assess the attitude towards chemistry and its learning in first year students of sciences and engineering of a Peruvian university. For this purpose, the Colorado Learning Attitudes about Science Survey (CLASS) for use in Chemistry was used. CLASS was designed to assess students' beliefs about chemistry and its learning by adapting an early version of the instrument designed to assess these attitudes in physics. The original version consists of 50 items for which a five-level Likert scale is available [2]. In this study, a 36-item version was used, according to the results of the psychometric evaluation of the instrument [3]. This version was translated into Spanish and validated before its application for the purposes of the study.


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