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Pages: 1193-1199
Publication year: 2009
ISBN: 978-84-612-7578-6
ISSN: 2340-1079

Conference name: 3rd International Technology, Education and Development Conference
Dates: 9-11 March, 2009
Location: Valencia, Spain

SCIENTIFIC REASONING ABILITIES OF UNDERGRADUATE SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING STUDENTS AT KFU

M. Al-arfaj

King Faisal University (SAUDI ARABIA)
Science is a discipline that manifests experimentation and thinking to study various aspects of nature. A major prerequisite in grooming youngsters to be our future scientists starts from provoking their scientific reasoning abilities. According to Joyce (1987), inquiry training promotes students’ intellectual ability, and subsequently enhances their reasoning and answering skills stemming from the curiosity. Congruently, scientific reasoning is a necessity for engineers to form creative solutions and applications. A major goal of the college of engineering at King Faisal University (KFU) maintains that students should have the confidence and competence to use the questioning and analytic approach basically termed as "Scientific Reasoning".

This study will be conducted at KFU to assess scientific reasoning abilities amongst first-year engineering and science undergraduate students. A Scientific Reasoning Test will be administered and then categorized into three levels of scientific reasoning known as: the Empirical Inductive (low), Transitional (average) and Hypothetical Deductive (high). Insights into how the students have answered the test will be also discussed.
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M. Al-arfaj (2009) SCIENTIFIC REASONING ABILITIES OF UNDERGRADUATE SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING STUDENTS AT KFU , INTED2009 Proceedings, pp. 1193-1199.
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