Students of agricultural technologies frequently question the requirerment to take one or more general chemistry courses, and are often unable to generate the interest and motivation necessary to effectively learn and apply the required chemical topics to their programs of interest. To enhance students' motivation and appreciation for chemistry and science in general, and to help them understand the need for these courses, a non-traditional chemistry textbook was used that presented chemistry concepts in the context of current real-world environmental and societal situations, while keeping the development of chemical theory to a minimum. Results of this limited study showed that there was little improvement in students' performance, based on analysis of final course grade distributions, with the use of a non-tratlitional, and interesting, chemistry textbook.



chemistry, technical college, non-traditional textbook

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