Success and confidence in, or inclusive of, undergraduate chemistry students surrounding a collaborative learning intervention, encouragement of metacognition, and a multifaceted scholarship support program
Mississippi State University
Mlsna, Debra Ann
Emerson, Joseph P.
Gwaltney, Steven R.
Mlsna, Todd E.
Wei, Tianlan (Elaine)
Other Advisors or Committee Members
Stokes, Sean L.
Date of Degree
Dissertation - Open Access
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D)
College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Chemistry
Student success in chemistry has been linked to a wide range of factors. Some of these factors are familiar, easily quantified measures; colleges typically rely on factors like high school GPA and measures of aptitude to make admission decisions or set course prerequisites. Success in chemistry courses can be linked to these measures, and math aptitude scores in particular are often used as prerequisites for introductory chemistry courses. However, success in chemistry can also be affected by factors like motivation, peer interactions, sense of belonging, and metacognitive skill. Additionally, outcomes in chemistry and other STEM courses like math and physics have been repeatedly found to be inequitable.
In Chapter I, background information relevant to the subsequent chapters will be discussed. In Chapter II, group quizzes were implemented as a collaborative learning tool in a large-lecture format first-semester organic chemistry classroom. Chapter III describes a multifaceted scholarship support program for chemistry, physics, and math majors. This program strove to support traditionally underrepresented groups in chemistry through several components, including a team-building course and mentorship. Heavy emphasis was placed on building a peer support network. In Chapter IV, confidence surveys were implemented to encourage student metacognitive monitoring. Student success and confidence were assessed through three scopes: as they pertained to the overall course, by exam, and by individual topic.
Leake, Maggie Erin, "Success and confidence in, or inclusive of, undergraduate chemistry students surrounding a collaborative learning intervention, encouragement of metacognition, and a multifaceted scholarship support program" (2022). Theses and Dissertations. 5599.
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