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Abstract Volume 13 Issue 3 (2008) pp 190-194

Online Data Collection and Database Development for Survey Research in Chemistry Education

Jacob M. Mathew,* Nathaniel Grove, and Stacey Lowery Bretz

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Miami University, Oxford, OH 45056,

Published online: 6 May 2008

Abstract. The use of surveys in chemistry education research is widespread as such versatile instruments enable researchers to gather large amounts of data regarding many aspects about teaching and learning chemistry. The current work describes the development of an interactive website and an online database to automate both the processes of data collection and data analysis for survey research. Advantages of an online database as a research tool are discussed in the context of CHEMX, a previously published instrument that measures students' cognitive expectations with regard to learning chemistry.

Key Words: Research in Teaching and Learning; computers in chemistry; chemistry education research; survey research

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“Online Data Collection and Database Development for Survey Research in Chemistry Education” by Bretz, Mathew, and Grove, is the first in a series of articles on methodologies and tools for conducting research in the learning of chemistry. Anyone who conducts educational research knows how complex and difficult an area it is; we are pleased to offer these introductions to some important tools and techniques for accomplishing research goals. Prof. Loretta L. Jones

Issue date: June 1, 2008

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