P282: Students’ expected and achieved goals for the undergraduate chemistry laboratory
Recently, the in the United States the National Research Council’s Discipline Based Education Research report noted that the role of laboratory in student learning is relatively unexplored. Based upon our prior research pertaining to faculty goals for laboratory, we have begun to investigate the students’ goals for laboratory so that eventually the perspectives of each group and their correspondence might be examined with the goal of improving instruction. In this study, students from two large general chemistry courses at a large Midwestern research institution were surveyed about their goals for lab and their planned strategies to achieve those goals prior to completing their first lab and after their final lab. Analysis revealed that students’ goals focused primarily on goals related to grades, relevance, and learning hands-on lab skills. Strategies to achieve these goals focused generally, successful student strategies. Analysis and interpretation of the survey responses will be presented.