ERIC Number: ED046683
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Pupils' Reactions to Trial Editions of Nuffield 'O'-Level Science Materials in 1966.
Meyer, G. R.
Scientific attitudes and interests of fifth form students who had had at least two years of experimental Nuffield O-Level courses in biology, physics, and chemistry were compared with those of equivalent students studying traditional courses. The author-developed tests contained Likert-type items measuring interests in science, attitudes to the teaching of science in particular schools, scientific thinking and attitudes, interests in scientific hobby or leisure activities, interest in solving problems by practical activity rather than appeal to authority, and interest in science as a body of facts. The major statistically significant results were as follows. The Nuffield Programs: (1) improved scientific interests and attitudes of girls, but not boys; (2) increased interest in empiricism and science as a leisure activity, but not in scientific facts; (3) did not transfer interest in facts to other disciplines; (4) caused a decline in interest in fine-arts and literature; (5) caused a loss of scientific interest by male physics students; (6) over-emphasized inquiry; and (7) caused an overall improvement in scientific thinking. Hypotheses to explain the findings were made. (AL)
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Sponsor: Nuffield Foundation, London (England).
Authoring Institution: Macquarie Univ., North Ryde (Australia).