ERIC Number: ED202677
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Student, Teacher, and Learning Environment Correlates of Attitudes Toward the Sciences.
Haladyna, Thomas M.; Shaughnessy, Joan
This paper reports results of a large-scale, descriptive study of correlates of attitudes toward the mathematical, natural, and social sciences. Objectives of this study were to: (1) examine the levels and direction of attitudes toward the sciences as a function of grade level; (2) probe into possible causal determinants of these attitudes; and (3) examine correlates of attitudes toward the sciences as a function of grade level and specific subject matter. Subjects (N=5,804) in 277 classrooms in grades 4, 7, and 9 were administered the Inventory for Affective Aspects of Schooling (IAAS). First, product-moment correlations were computed, then ordinary least-squares regression analyses were done to determine the relative contributions of teams of variables for explaining criterion variance. Results are reported by grade level, by subject matter, and by the regression analyses. Conclusions are drawn concerning the role of the teacher in shaping attitude at the class level; and generalizations are made concerning a classroom in which there are positive collective attitudes about mathematics, science, or social studies. (CS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Inventory for Affective Aspects Of Schooling; Science Education Research
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Los Angeles, CA, April 13-17, 1981). Contains occasional light and broken type.