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UPPER SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS’ CHOICE AND THEIR IDEAS ON HOW TO IMPROVE CHEMISTRY EDUCATION

  • Karolina BromanEmail author
  • Shirley Simon
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Abstract

In Sweden, there is concern about fewer students taking chemistry courses in higher education, especially at university level. Using a survey, this study investigates the reasons upper secondary school chemistry students choose to follow the Swedish Natural Science Programme. In addition, students’ views about their chemistry education are sought and their ideas about how to improve their chemistry experience. A questionnaire with closed and open questions was completed by 495 chemistry students from different schools in Sweden. The analysis shows that most students have high interest-enjoyment value of chemistry, but both positive and negative responses about their chemistry education refer to the importance of the teacher and the structure of lessons. To improve their chemistry experience, students suggest making it relevant to everyday life and being more practical and more student centred. For positively inclined students to maintain their value of chemistry beyond schooling into choice at university level, the programme should take these suggestions into account.

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chemistry education relevance student choice student interest upper secondary school 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Science and Mathematics EducationUmeå UniversityUmeåSweden
  2. 2.Institute of EducationUniversity of LondonLondonUK

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