ERIC Number: ED214797
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr-14
Reference Count: 0
Reasons Why Elementary and Secondary Students Do and Do Not Like Science.
Lazarowitz, Reuven; And Others
Two major questions investigated were: (A) Why do elementary and secondary students in Utah like science subjects; and (B) Are there any differences in reasons why students like science subjects related to type of school, age of students, and student gender. The investigation included roughly 2,000 pupils evenly distributed from grades six through twelve. Students were told to list up to five science subjects they were interested in, and to choose from a list of 18 reasons provided to indicate why they liked or were interested in a subject. Pupils were also asked to think of a science subject they did not like, and to give a reason. A total of 1,855 pupils indicated they liked at least one science subject, while 802 indicated a dislike for a course. Among the results, the survey showed 87% of those who liked at least one science subject area gave liking to go outdoors as the main reason. Liking to see things live and grow was second at 71%. Of those who listed a dislike, the major reason given was related to a teacher as a person and his/her ways of teaching, as noted by 33% of this group. (MP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Utah State Board of Education, Salt Lake City.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Science Education Research; Utah