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Table 5 Teachers’ (group 4, n = 55) responses to the questionnaire on their practices and the effectiveness of the laboratory curriculum

From: Is the undergraduate microbiology curriculum preparing students for careers in their field?: an assessment of biology majors’ conceptions of growth and control of microorganisms

  Statements No. of teacher responses (%)
Section 1: Indicate how often the following happens
   Always Very often Sometimes Rarely Never
 1 Students are given the protocol 60.00 32.73 7.27 0.00 0.00
 2 Students are encouraged to read research articles related to the experiment 41.82 27.27 25.45 5.45 0.00
 3 Students bring protocols from research articles/books 1.82 16.36 41.82 30.91 9.09
 4 Teachers have 2–3 different protocols, from students, for the same experiment 5.45 7.27 32.73 34.55 20.00
Section 2: Indicate your level of agreement with the following statements
   Strongly agree Agree Neither agree nor disagree Disagree Strongly disagree
 1 Students only use the protocols printed in the journal* 25.25 40.00 18.18 16.36 0.00
 2 Students do not understand research articles 9.09 25.45 18.18 40.00 7.27
 3 Practicals are conducted in alignment with what students are learning in theory 21.82 47.27 18.18 10.91 1.82
Section 3: To what extent does the current laboratory course have a positive impact on
   High Medium Unsure Low No
 1 Learning technical skills 38.18 58.18 3.64 0.00 0.00
 2 Student engagement with underlying principles 34.55 65.45 0.00 0.00 0.00
 3 Understanding research methodology 10.91 34.55 32.73 21.82 0.00
 4 Building a link between theory and practicals 21.82 60.00 9.09 9.09 0.00
 5 Attracting them to research 14.55 43.64 25.45 12.73 3.64
 6 Acquiring quantitative skills 12.73 45.45 34.55 5.45 1.82
 7 Developing analytical skills 12.73 43.64 25.45 18.18 0.00
 8 Ability to deal with unexpected situations 9.09 38.18 30.91 21.82 0.00
 9 Motivation to pursue science 20.00 60.00 14.55 3.64 1.82
  1. *Handbook used in the laboratory to record observations and write conclusions; contains the aim, principle involved, and the detailed method to be followed