Student perceptions of the cell biology laboratory learning environment in four undergraduate science courses in Spain

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Título: Student perceptions of the cell biology laboratory learning environment in four undergraduate science courses in Spain
Autor/es: Juan Herrero, Joaquín de | Pérez-Cañaveras, Rosa M. | Segovia Huertas, Yolanda | Girela, Jose L. | Martínez Ruiz, Noemi | Romero, Alejandro | Gómez-Torres, María José | Vizcaya-Moreno, Maria Flores
Grupo/s de investigación o GITE: Biotecnología | Enfermería Clínica (EC) | Grupo de Inmunología
Centro, Departamento o Servicio: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Biotecnología | Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Enfermería
Palabras clave: Cell biology practice | Gender differences | Learning environment | Science Laboratory Environment Inventory (SLEI) | Undergraduate education
Área/s de conocimiento: Biología Celular | Enfermería
Fecha de publicación: abr-2016
Editor: Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
Cita bibliográfica: Learning Environments Research. 2016, 19(1): 87-106. doi:10.1007/s10984-015-9201-6
Resumen: Cell biology is an academic discipline that organises and coordinates the learning of the structure, function and molecular composition of cells in some undergraduate biomedical programs. Besides course content and teaching methodologies, the laboratory environment is considered a key element in the teaching of and learning of cell biology. The aim of this study was to determine students’ opinions about the quality of the teaching and learning environment in cell biology laboratory practice. For this study, we used a short form of the Science Laboratory Environment Inventory (SLEI), which we adapted and translated into Spanish. The questionnaire, administered to students enrolled in four undergraduate programs, consisted of 24 questions divided into four scales: integration of content, clarity of laboratory rules, cohesion between students and teachers, and quality of laboratory infrastructures and materials. The results suggested that (1) students positively assessed the learning environment provided for cell biology practice, (2) the short Spanish form of the SLEI was a valid, reliable instrument for evaluating student satisfaction, laboratory activities, the degree of cooperation between students and teachers, and theoretical and practical organisation of content and (3) the questionnaire detected differential perceptions of the learning environment based on gender and the program studied.
Patrocinador/es: This work was supported by the Teaching Research Program “Networks” from Institute of Education Sciences (ICE) at University of Alicante, Biotechnology Network (Reference 2885).
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10045/63296
ISSN: 1387-1579 (Print) | 1573-1855 (Online)
DOI: 10.1007/s10984-015-9201-6
Idioma: eng
Tipo: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Derechos: © Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2015. The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10984-015-9201-6
Revisión científica: si
Versión del editor: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10984-015-9201-6
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