ERIC Number: ED235019
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Nov
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)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Attitude Change, Curriculum Development, Elementary School Science, Elementary Secondary Education, Interviews, Learning, Science Education, Science Instruction, Science Interests, Scientific Attitudes, Secondary School Science, Sex Differences, Student Attitudes, Student Characteristics
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
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.