CLASS-Chemistry 

(Colorado Learning Attitudes about Science Survey)

 
 

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Introduction

Here are a number of statements that may or may not describe your beliefs about learning chemistry. You are asked to rate each statement by selecting a number between 1 and 5 where the numbers mean the following:

  1. Strongly Disagree
  2. Disagree
  3. Neutral
  4. Agree
  5. Strongly Agree
Choose one of the above five choices that best expresses your feeling about the statement. If you don't understand a statement, leave it blank. If you have no strong opinion, choose 3.

Survey (8-10 minutes)
  1. A significant problem in learning chemistry is being able to memorize all the information I need to know.
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  2. To understand a chemical reaction, I think about the interactions between atoms and molecules.
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  3. When I am solving a chemistry problem, I try to decide what would be a reasonable value for the answer.
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  4. I think about the chemistry I experience in everyday life.
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  5. It is useful for me to do lots and lots of problems when learning chemistry.
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  6. After I study a topic in chemistry and feel that I understand it, I have difficulty solving problems on the same topic.
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  7. Knowledge in chemistry consists of many disconnected topics.
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  8. As chemists learn more, most chemistry ideas we use today are likely to be proven wrong.
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  9. When I solve a chemistry problem, I locate an equation that uses the variables given in the problem and plug in the values.
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  10. I find that reading the text in detail is a good way for me to learn chemistry.
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  11. I think about how the atoms are arranged in a molecule to help my understanding of its behavior in chemical reactions.
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  12. If I have not memorized the chemical behavior needed to answer a question on an exam, there's nothing much I can do (legally!) to figure out the behavior.
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  13. I am not satisfied until I understand why something works the way it does.
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  14. I cannot learn chemistry if the teacher does not explain things well in class.
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  15. I do not expect equations to help my understanding of the ideas in chemistry; they are just for doing calculations.
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  16. I study chemistry to learn knowledge that will be useful in my life outside of school.
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  17. I can usually make sense of how two chemicals react with one another.
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  18. If I get stuck on a chemistry problem on my first try, I usually try to figure out a different way that works.
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  19. Nearly everyone is capable of understanding chemistry if they work at it.
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  20. Understanding chemistry basically means being able to recall something you've read or been shown.
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  21. Why chemicals react the way they do does not usually make sense to me; I just memorize what happens.
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  22. To understand chemistry I discuss it with friends and other students.
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  23. I do not spend more than five minutes stuck on a chemistry problem before giving up or seeking help from someone else.
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  24. If I don't remember a particular equation needed to solve a problem on an exam, there's nothing much I can do (legally!) to come up with it.
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  25. If I want to apply a method used for solving one chemistry problem to another problem, the problems must involve very similar situations.
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  26. In doing a chemistry problem, if my calculation gives a result very different from what I'd expect, I'd trust the calculation rather than going back through the problem.
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  27. In chemistry, it is important for me to make sense out of formulas before I can use them correctly.
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  28. I enjoy solving chemistry problems.
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  29. When I see a chemical formula, I try to picture how the atoms are arranged and connected.
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  30. In chemistry, mathematical formulas express meaningful relationships among measurable quantities.
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  31. We use this statement to discard the survey of people who are not reading the questions. Please select agree (not strongly agree) for this question.
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  32. It is important for the government to approve new scientific ideas before they can be widely accepted.
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  33. The arrangement of the atoms in a molecule determines its behavior in chemical reactions.
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  34. Learning chemistry changes my ideas about how the world works.
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  35. To learn chemistry, I only need to memorize how to solve sample problems.
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  36. Reasoning skills used to understand chemistry can be helpful to me in my everyday life.
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  37. In learning chemistry, I usually memorize reactions rather than make sense of the underlying physical concepts.
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  38. Spending a lot of time understanding where mathematical formulas come from is a waste of time.
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  39. I find carefully analyzing only a few problems in detail is a good way for me to learn chemistry.
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  40. I can usually figure out a way to solve chemistry problems.
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  41. The subject of chemistry has little relation to what I experience in the real world.
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  42. There are times I solve a chemistry problem more than one way to help my understanding.
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  43. To understand chemistry, I sometimes think about my personal experiences and relate them to the topic being analyzed.
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  44. Thinking about a molecule's three-dimensional structure is important for learning chemistry.
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  45. It is possible to explain chemistry ideas without mathematical formulas.
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  46. When I solve a chemistry problem, I explicitly think about which chemistry ideas apply to the problem.
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  47. If I get stuck on a chemistry problem, there is no chance I'll figure it out on my own.
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  48. Spending a lot of time understanding why chemicals behave and react the way they do is a waste of time.
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  49. When studying chemistry, I relate the important information to what I already know rather than just memorizing it the way it is presented.
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  50. When I'm solving chemistry problems, I often don't really understand what I am doing.
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Faculty Background Information (1-2 minutes)

  1. What is your gender?
  2. What class/classes do you most often teach?
  3. What class/classes are you currently teaching?
  4. How long have you been teaching?
  5. Do you attend chemical education talks/symposia? No Yes: if yes, how often?
  6. Are you involed in chemical education research? No Yes: if yes, how?

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