A Preliminary Report on an Investigation into the Credits for Sciences obtained in High Schools and Basic Knowledge of Biology among the Nursing Students of Niimi College

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The purpose of this study was to investigate the science literacy of college students to understand life sciences of college level. We examined the credits for sciences obtained in high schools among the nursing students enrolled in the first semester of Niimi College in 2003. Of 60 students, 57 (95.0%) students studied biology courses, 54 (90.0%) students studied chemistry courses, whereas 10 (16.7%) and 1 (1.7%) students studied physics and geology-meteorology-astronomy courses, respectively. Fifty-one (85.0%) students studied both chemistry and biology courses. According to the national curriculum standard of high school, gakushu-shido-yoryo, the science field is composed of 5 courses, which are the general science course and the 4 courses described above. Each course except for the general science course is divided into 3 subjects, which are the general subject (suffixed by IA), the basic subject (suffixed by IB), and the advanced subject (suffixed by II). Fifty-three students (93.3%) studied biology IB, whereas only 31 students (51.2%) studied biology II. An analysis of the term examination of microbiology indicated some students were not able to answer basic questions, such as differences between the eucaryote and the procaryote. These results suggested that some students might not have enough scientific knowledge to understand life sciences of college level.16KJ00004249625研究ノートdepartmental bulletin pape

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