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Komperda, Regis; Hosbein, Kathryn N.; Barbera, Jack – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2018
Increased understanding of the importance of the affective domain in chemistry education research has led to the development and adaptation of instruments to measure chemistry-specific affective traits, including motivation. Many of these instruments are adapted from other fields by using the word "chemistry" in place of other…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Affective Measures, Student Motivation, Majors (Students)
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Liu, Yujuan; Ferrell, Brent; Barbera, Jack; Lewis, Jennifer E. – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2017
Fundamentally concerned with motivation, self-determination theory (SDT) represents a framework of several mini-theories to explore how social context interacts with people's motivational types categorized by degree of regulation internalization. This paper aims to modify an existing theory-based instrument (Academic Motivation Scale, or AMS) and…
Descriptors: Test Construction, Science Education, Self Determination, Test Validity
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Ferrell, Brent; Phillips, Michael M.; Barbera, Jack – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2016
Student success in chemistry is inherently tied to motivational and other affective processes. We investigated three distinct constructs tied to motivation: self-efficacy, interest, and effort beliefs. These variables were measured twice over the course of a semester in three sections of a first-semester general chemistry course (n = 170). We…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Science Instruction, Student Motivation, Science Achievement
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Ferrell, Brent; Barbera, Jack – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2015
Research in academic motivation has highlighted a number of salient constructs that are predictive of positive learning strategies and academic success. Most of this research has centered on college-level social sciences or secondary school student populations. The main purpose of this study was to adapt existing measures of personal interest and…
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Student Attitudes, Chemistry, Undergraduate Students
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Wren, David; Barbera, Jack – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2014
Assessing conceptual understanding of foundational topics before instruction on higher-order concepts can provide chemical educators with information to aid instructional design. This study provides an instrument that can be used to identify students' alternative conceptions regarding thermochemistry concepts. The Thermochemistry Concept Inventory…
Descriptors: Psychometrics, Thermodynamics, Chemistry, Item Response Theory