THE RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN UNIVERSITY STUDENTS' ORGANIC CHEMISTRY ANXIETY, CHEMISTRY ATTITUDES, AND SELF-EFFICACY: A STRUCTURAL EQUATION MODEL


KURBANOGLU İ., AKIN A.

JOURNAL OF BALTIC SCIENCE EDUCATION, vol.11, no.4, pp.347-356, 2012 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 11 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Journal Name: JOURNAL OF BALTIC SCIENCE EDUCATION
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index, Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.347-356

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to examine the relationships between organic chemistry anxiety, chemistry attitudes, and self-efficacy. Participants were 368 sophomore undergraduate students. In this study, the Organic Chemistry Anxiety Scale (O-CAS), the Chemistry Attitudes Scale, and the Self-efficacy Scale were used. Pearson correlation coefficient and structural equation modeling was utilized to determine the relationships between organic chemistry anxiety, chemistry attitudes, and self-efficacy. In correlation analysis, organic chemistry anxiety was found negatively (r=-0.52) related to chemistry attitudes and self-efficacy (r=-0.36). According to path analysis results, chemistry attitudes were predicted positively (beta=0.44) and organic chemistry anxiety predicted negatively (beta=-0.16) by self-efficacy. Also chemistry attitudes predicted organic chemistry anxiety in a negative way (beta=-0.44). The results were discussed in the light of literature.