ERIC Number: ED255388
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: 0
Relationships of Attitude toward Science and Family Environment.
Bridgeman, Dorothy J.; And Others
This study examined the characteristics of family environment and its relationship to attitudes toward science. Data were collected from over 800 seventh-grade and over 1,400 tenth-grade students during a longitudinal, multi-dimensional study of the relationship between the variables of home, school, and self as related to attitudes toward and achievement in science. This population was examined by ability, grade, and time of school year. The two family-oriented subscales were targeted for examination as regressors to the dependent variable or attitude toward science. One of these, the family science subscale, included items to assess student perception of their family's science support. The other, called family general, consisted of items to assess student opinion of the quality of their family life. The regression model developed the probability level which indicated the relationship of the family science variable to science attitude was highly significant (0.001 level). This was true for ability-group tracks at each grade level and over time for each grade level. The family general variable was found to be an important predictor of attitude toward science for general ability groups for both grade levels and over time for the tenth-grade but not for the seventh-grade. Implications for improving student attitudes are noted. (Author/JN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Science Education Research
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (58th, French Lick Springs, IN, April 15-18, 1985).