Students' Perceptions about High School Chemistry I, II

고등학교 화학 I, II 수업에 대한 학생의 인식 조사

  • Park, HyunJu (Department of Chemistry Education, Chosun University) ;
  • Lim, HeeJun (Department of Science Education, Gyeongin National University of Education)
  • 박현주 (조선대학교 화학교육과) ;
  • 임희준 (경인교육대학교 과학교육과)
  • Received : 2017.07.21
  • Accepted : 2017.10.30
  • Published : 2017.12.20


The purpose of this study was to investigate high school students' perceptions on chemistry subjects: reasons for choosing chemistry, learning volume and content difficulty, interests, teaching/learning methods, preferable classes etc. A total of 1,087 students who took chemistry subjects at 126 high schools by proportional stratified sampling were voluntarily participated in the survey. The main reasons the students chose chemistry subjects were interests and interests in chemistry, foundation to science, relevance to college majors, and so on. Students recognized that the learning volume and content difficulty as normal level was about 60%. Reasons why chemistry was difficult was that, although there was a difference in degree, chemistry was difficult in itself and had too much things to memorize. In the case of interests in chemistry subjects, students of 43.9% of Chemistry I and 52.0% of Chemistry II recognized the level as normal. The reason why not interested in chemistry subjects was that it was the nature of chemistry contents, or students had neither interests and enjoyment of chemistry nor foundation for chemistry. Classes were mostly lectures but the students preferred mainly experimental activities, or explanation with real-life examples or science stories. The frequency of experimental activities was found to be 1 to 5 times per semester, or not experimented. Research and efforts will be necessary to improve classes and environments for students' experimental activities.


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