Relationship between Chemistry Anxiety and Achievement in Chemical Bonding Among Electrical Engineering Students

By Sharipah Ruzaina Syed Aris and Heng-Loke Siow.

Published by The Learner Collection

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Chemical bonding is apparently known by most of students to be among the most abstract topics in chemistry. The purpose of the study was to determine whether chemistry anxieties existed among UiTM Diploma of Electrical Engineering students and whether chemistry anxieties were correlated with achievement in chemical bonding. Ninety two diploma in electrical engineering students participated in the study. Chemistry anxieties were measured using Derived Chemistry Anxiety Rating Scale (DCARS) which was originally developed by Eddy (1996). Meanwhile, Chemical Bonding Achievement Test (CBAT) was used to measure students' achievement in chemical bonding. The results of the study indicate that electrical engineering students were feeling anxious about chemical bonding and there was a significant correlation between chemistry anxieties and achievement in chemical bonding. Implications of findings to reduce anxieties for effective understanding in chemical bonding were suggested.

Keywords: Chemistry Anxiety or Chemophobia Chemical Bonding, Achievement

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 14, Issue 6, pp.37-42. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 562.621KB).

Dr. Sharipah Ruzaina Syed Aris

Lecturer, Chemistry Department, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia

Sharipah Ruzaina Syed Aris (Dr) is a chemistry lecturer at the Faculty of Applied Sciences, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia.

Prof. Heng-Loke Siow

Professor, Faculty of Education, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Heng-Loke Siow (Dr) is a professor and the Deputy Dean of Higher Degree at the Faculty of Education, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.


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