Factors influencing the learning process in first-year chemistry
The original publication is available from AFRICAN SUN MeDIA, Stellenbosch: South Africa.
CITATION: Adendorff, H. & Lutz, M. 2009. Factors Influencing the Learning Process in First-Year Chemistry, in B. Leibowits, A. Van der Merwe & S. Van Schalkwyk (eds.). Focus on First-year success: Perspectives emerging from South Africa and Beyond. Stellenbosch: SUN MeDIA. 167-180. doi:10.18820/9781920338220.
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Introduction: [First-year chemistry students] think that by being in class the information is magically absorbed and stored in their brains. This sentiment, as expressed by a first-year chemistry student at Stellenbosch University, might not come as a surprise to most academics. Convincing students to actively engage with the process of learning is not an easy task and often defeats our best efforts and purest intentions. Teaching and learning experts suggest that we can change this by changing our assessment strategies (Gibbs, 1999; Gibbs & Simpson, 2004).