HomeIAMURE International Journal of Multidisciplinary Researchvol. 7 no. 1 (2013)

Readiness, Difficulty, and Competency in General Chemistry: Basis for Developing an Enrichment Strategy

Marisol Solis-foronda

Discipline: Education, Science



Chemistry is considered the servant of other sciences and technology. This study was conducted to determine the students’ perceived level of readiness for, difficulty of, and competency in specific learning tasks in General Chemistry. The validated instruments answered by the respondents classified into three groups: presently taking General Chemistry, successfully passed General Chemistry, and will be taking General Chemistry. Encompassing both descriptive and correlational designs, the data obtained were analyzed using weighted mean, Pearson r, ANOVA, and Post-hoc test (LSD). Findings reveal that (1) the respondents perceived themselves as having good readiness for the learning tasks in General Chemistry that they perceived to be neither difficult nor easy and that (2) their competency in General Chemistry was unsatisfactory. The students’ perceived readiness to learn did not improve their competency in General Chemistry which is contrary to the law of readiness introduced by Edward Thorndike. Hence, the study concludes that there is a need to develop an enrichment strategy that will help the students improve their competency in General Chemistry.