The Effects of Biology Laboratory Practices Supported with Self-regulated Learning Strategies on Students' Self-directed Learning Readiness and Their Attitudes towards Science Experiments

Kadriye Kayacan , Isil Sonmez Ektem


APA 6th edition
Kayacan, K., & Ektem, I.S. (2019). The Effects of Biology Laboratory Practices Supported with Self-regulated Learning Strategies on Students' Self-directed Learning Readiness and Their Attitudes towards Science Experiments. European Journal of Educational Research, 8(1), 313-323. doi:10.12973/eu-jer.8.1.313

Harvard
Kayacan K., and Ektem I.S. 2019 'The Effects of Biology Laboratory Practices Supported with Self-regulated Learning Strategies on Students' Self-directed Learning Readiness and Their Attitudes towards Science Experiments', European Journal of Educational Research , vol. 8, no. 1, pp. 313-323. Available from: https://dx.doi.org/10.12973/eu-jer.8.1.313

Chicago 16th edition
Kayacan, Kadriye and Ektem, Isil Sonmez . "The Effects of Biology Laboratory Practices Supported with Self-regulated Learning Strategies on Students' Self-directed Learning Readiness and Their Attitudes towards Science Experiments". (2019)European Journal of Educational Research 8, no. 1(2019): 313-323. doi:10.12973/eu-jer.8.1.313

Abstract

Self-regulation is an active and constructive process in which students regulate and observe their own behaviour, motivations and cognition by setting their own goals during their learning process. In this study, the aim is to investigate the effects of biology laboratory practices that are supported by self-regulated learning strategies on students’ readiness for self-directed learning and their attitudes towards science experiments in laboratory settings. This study, which was undertaken as a quasi-experimental study in accordance with the pretest-posttest design with a control group, was implemented. Second year students who studied science teaching in the faculty of education at a state university in Konya in the academic year of 2018-2019 made up the sample of this study. There were two groups in the study which were “The Control Group” and “The Experimental Group”. In order to measure the students’ self-directed learning readiness levels, “Scale of Self-Directed Learning Readiness in Laboratory” was used and to measure attitudes towards science experiments “Scale of Attitudes towards Science Experiments” was utilized. Both scales were implemented as pre-tests before the study and as post-tests after the completion of the implementation process. The analysis of the data was conducted via SPSS 18. Independent samples t test was conducted to understand whether biology laboratory practices supported with self-regulated learning strategies have any effect on students’ readiness for self-directed learning and their attitudes towards science experiments in laboratories. According to the findings of the study, biology laboratory practices supported with self-regulated learning strategies were observed to make a significant difference in favour of the experimental group considering their self-directed learning readiness and their attitudes towards science experiments.

Keywords: Biology laboratory, self-regulated learning strategies, self-directed learning readiness, attitude


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