P472: Examining factors that influence conceptual retention throughout a 2-semester GOB course: Part 1
In a 2-semester GOB sequence, the 1st semester focuses on general chemistry and 2nd semester on organic/biochemistry. This format requires students to be able to carry knowledge from one class into the next. Part 1 of this study focuses on the prior knowledge students bring into the 1st semester class (Chemistry 106), and if their knowledge changes by the end of the semester. Specifically, responses from students having no prior chemistry experience will be compared with students having recent chemistry experience, and students having less-recent chemistry experience. Students were given an anonymous pre- and post-survey that included both multiple choice and short answer questions (which were coded when analyzed). The surveys asked students about their prior chemistry experience, as well as key concept knowledge essential for the 2nd semester course (Chemistry 108). Upon completion of the semester, comparisons were made between the pre- and post- responses to identify content areas students in which students showed improved mastery, as well as areas of knowledge that showed lack of conceptual mastery. Data will be presented from the Southeast Technical campus, where only Chemistry 106 is offered and from the University Center campus where most students continue on to take Chemistry 108. Data from both student populations indicate students are improving their knowledge of many key concepts when they complete Chemistry 106. Part 2 of this study will focus on examining retention of Chemistry 106 information into the Chemistry 108 course.