Title

The effect of exposure to Piagetian tasks on the cognitive development and achievement in general chemistry of college students

Date of Publication

1988

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry

Subject Categories

Chemistry

College

College of Science

Department/Unit

Chemistry

Thesis Adviser

Melecio C. Deauna

Defense Panel Chair

Elizabeth S. Ong

Defense Panel Member

Mercelita C. Magno
Flordeliza C. Reyes
Adelaida L. Bago

Abstract/Summary

This study delves into the effects prior to and after exposure to Piagetian Tasks on the cognitive development and achievement in chemistry of freshmen college students enrolled in general chemistry II. Two intact classes composed of fifty-nine freshmen college students enrolled in General Chemistry were used as subjects of the study. A pretest-posttest control group design was employed in this study. Each section was randomly assigned to either experimental or control group. These two groups had the same class schedule and were handled by two teachers alternately for one-and-one half weeks, that is, in the duration of the training. The Piagetian training was conducted among the experimental subjects during their vacant hours. The entire training lasted for 3 weeks and the researcher was the only trainor. The study revealed that majority of the freshmen are concrete thinkers. Exposure to Piagetian tasks helped students to perform better on the Longeot Test for Cognitive Development but not in the Achievement Test in Chemistry, except for Transitional objects. Pretest scores on the Longeot Test and mental ability are the best predictors of posttest scores in Longeot Test and only pretest scores on the Achievement Test in Chemistry is the best predictor of the student's posttest scores on the same test.

Abstract Format

html

Language

English

Format

Print

Accession Number

TG01611

Shelf Location

Archives, The Learning Commons, 12F Henry Sy Sr. Hall

Physical Description

179 leaves

Keywords

Constructivism (Education); Chemistry--Study and teaching; Piaget, Jean, 1896-1980; College students

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