Learning environment in the undergraduate chemistry laboratory courses in Beirut

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Hanan Arnous Zalpha Ayoubi

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The undergraduate chemistry laboratory is an ideal place for meaningful learning to occur, and the laboratory work is considered as an integral part of most chemistry courses; however, a significant proportion of laboratory experiments remain highly prescriptive and fail to challenge undergraduate students. This study investigated the chemistry laboratory environment among 170 undergraduate students at a private university in Beirut, Lebanon. Data were collected using the Chemistry Laboratory Environment Inventory with its both versions: Actual Chemistry Laboratory Environment Inventory and Preferred Chemistry Laboratory Environment Inventory. The findings of this study showed that the students prefer a chemistry learning environment with greater levels of integration and material environment, but less level of open-endedness. Suggestions for improving chemistry laboratory learning environments are provided.


 


Keywords: Chemistry, laboratory, undergraduate courses, learning environment.


 

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