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Changing perceptions of science in undergraduate students: A mixed methods case study

Cindy S Larson-Miller, University of Nebraska - Lincoln


The purpose of this bounded single-case study was to explore the understanding of the nature and process of science for undergraduate students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). The study investigated one professor's methodology to explicitly teach undergraduate students about the nature and process of science, and documented their understanding and perception of science, both pre- and post-course. ^ Using a mixed method approach, data were collected to provide a better understanding of teaching the nature and process of science. Three main types of data were analyzed: the process of science (TPOS) assessment; survey questions, and the module curriculum. ^ Participating students completed The Process of Science (TPOS) assessment and open-ended survey questions pre- and post-intervention. The intervention in the study was the teaching of a process of science module developed by the instructor involved in the case study. Using a split-plot analysis of variance (ANOVA) in the pre- and post-module data, comparisons were drawn for the TPOS assessment and the survey questions. Evidence showed a statistically significant improvement in the pre- and post-scores for both assessments. ^ The process of science module was also analyzed and found to be an educationally-sound curriculum when based on the foundation and philosophy of Bloom's Taxonomy. Students appreciated the module and the change that it caused in their perceptions of science.^

Subject Area

Education, Sciences|Education, Curriculum and Instruction|Education, Higher

Recommended Citation

Larson-Miller, Cindy S, "Changing perceptions of science in undergraduate students: A mixed methods case study" (2011). ETD collection for University of Nebraska - Lincoln. AAI3466479.