High School Students’ Conceptions of Science Laboratory Learning, Perceptions of the Science Laboratory Environment, and Academic Self-Efficacy in Science Learning

Min Hsien Lee, Jyh Chong Liang, Ying Tien Wu, Guo Li Chiou, Chung Yuan Hsu, Chia Yu Wang, Jing Wen Lin, Chin Chung Tsai

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Abstract

In the field of science education, laboratory learning environment has gained renewed interest in the recent decade. This study aimed to investigate the relationships among students’ conceptions of science laboratory learning, perceptions of the science laboratory learning environment, and their academic self-efficacy in science learning by adopting the structural equation modeling (SEM) technique. A total of 513 senior high school students (262 females) in Taiwan were invited to participate in this survey study. Three instruments were adapted and implemented to investigate the aim of the study (i.e. the conceptions of science laboratory learning questionnaire, the science laboratory environment inventory, and the academic self-efficacy in science learning questionnaire). The results indicated that the students’ conceptions of science laboratory learning made a significant contribution to their perceptions of the science laboratory environment, which consequently fostered their science learning self-efficacy. More specifically, students with conceptions of science laboratory learning as reviewing their prior learning profiles tended to highlight the “student cohesiveness,” “integration,” and “material environment” aspects of the laboratory environment. Moreover, students who held personal ideas of science laboratory learning as acquiring manipulative skills tended to perceive actual science laboratory environments as much more open-ended and to attain advanced academic science learning self-efficacy. In addition, those students who viewed laboratory learning as achieving in-depth understanding, and who perceived that laboratory activities are guided by clear rules, were prone to express a stronger sense of academic self-efficacy. Based on the results, practical implications and suggestions for future research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Science and Mathematics Education
Volume18
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Jan 1

Keywords

  • Academic self-efficacy
  • Conceptions of science laboratory learning
  • High school
  • Science laboratory learning environment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Mathematics(all)

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