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ERIC Number: ED235019
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Nov
Pages: 19
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Focus on Attitudes. Learning in Science Project. Working Paper No. 9.
Stead, Keith; And Others
The first (exploratory) phase of the Learning in Science Project focused on science teaching/learning in the Form 1 to 4 level (ages 10 to 14) and sought to identify problems and difficulties in several areas. Provided in this paper are comments obtained during structured/unstructured interviews (from students, ex-students, teachers, headmasters, science advisers, and inspectors) and observations made by project staff related to student attitudes. The intent in presenting these comments/observations is not primarily to provide a balanced view of the good and bad aspects of Form 1 to 4 science, but rather to open up problem issues as project staff and others see them. Issues and problems addressed by the comments/observations focus on: (1) use(s) of the term "attitudes," differentiating between attitudes to science, interest in science, and scientific habits; (2) students' attitudes toward and interest in science, considering male/female, ethnic, and age-related differences; (3) development of positive attitudes and interests, indicating that two important factors in this development are providing successful experiences for students and teacher enthusiasm/interests; and (4) the relationship between development of scientific habits and teachers' interests in and attitudes toward science. Major points are highlighted in a final summary section. (JN)
University of Waikato, Science Education Research Unit, Hamilton, New Zealand.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Researchers; Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Waikato Univ., Hamilton (New Zealand).
Identifiers: Learning in Science Project; New Zealand; Science Education Research
Note: For related documents, see ED 226 976 and ED 235 011-030.