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ERIC Number: ED085172
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
Pages: 176
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The Development of an Instrument to Evaluate Sixth and Ninth Grade Students' Attitudes Toward Science and Scientists.
Motz, LaMoine Lee
Reported is the development of an attitude instrument based upon a grid of key statements about science and scientists and the use of the instrument to determine the attitudes of 981 sixth- and ninth-grade students (male and female) from rural, urban and suburban communities. The instrument consisted of statements about science and scientists which were obtained by questioning elementary, secondary and college students, plus scientists and science educators. Significant differences (higher) were found between sixth-grade suburban and ninth-grade rural and suburban students, as to their attitudes toward science, and sixth-grade rural and urban students. Ninth-grade urban students, as a group, scored significantly lower than did ninth-grade rural and suburban students, but higher than either of the sixth-grade groups. Male and female were not significantly different in respect to attitudes toward science and scientists. There was a significant positive relationship between the socio-economic backgrounds of the students and their responses to science and scientists, as well as between intelligence quotients and their responses. A drop in the attitude toward science and scientists was not apparent from the students in the study. It did show that suburban students, as a group, possessed a more positive attitude. (Author/EB)
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Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, The University of Michigan