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Volume :5 Issue : 17 1988      Add To Cart                                                                    Download

A description of laboratory formats of the practical introductory and advanced courses at the college of science at Yarmouk University from students perspectives

Auther : Mohaamad S. Subbarini & Khalil Y. Khalili & Mohammad Ghazaei

The purpose of this study was to investigate the orientation of the introductory laboratory courses offered at the College of Science at Yarmouk University from the student’s perspective. The study, also, aimed at investigating the background of the students in terms of the quantity and the quality of laboratory work practiced at their secondary schools.

The sample included students attending introductory laboratory courses in biology, chemistry, physics, and earth sciences and environment. A sample of students attending advanced laboratory courses was included in the study for the purpose of comparison. The Laboratory Program Variables Inventory (LPVI) was used for data collection. The statements of the LPVI were classified into three formats or orientations, namely: verification, guided inquiry, and open inquiry.

The results of the study revealed that a high percentage of the sample did not practice any kind of laboratory work at high school in the major science subjects, namely: biology, chemistry, and physics, For those who practiced such work at high school, it was found that the percentage of Jordanians high school graduates was much lower than non-Jordanian high school graduates.

The study revealed, also, that the verification format of laboratory work was dominating the other two formats (guided inquiry and open inquiry) in both introductory and advanced laboratory courses. The open inquiry format was not. Featured as an important orientation in both introductory and advanced laboratory courses.

Based on the results of this study, it was concluded that the introductory laboratory courses offered by the college of Science at Yarmouk University seem to be, by emphasizing the verification type of experiments, compensating for the relative lack of practical work at high school. Surprisingly, the advanced laboratory courses offered by the same college seem to be lacking emphasis on open inquiry orientation with is needed by university graduates for supporting national development plans in science and technology.

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