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ERIC Number: ED130915
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Pages: 337
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The Development of a Model to Determine Perceptions of Scientific Literacy.
Gabel, Lawrence Lee
Dimensions of scientific literacy with regard to a theoretical definition were inferred for a group of science oriented persons, a group of nonscience oriented persons, and the two groups combined. Comparisons of the strength of agreement of the two groups, and of subgroups of the two groups, with the inferred dimensions were made. The sample consisted of five subgroups comprised of 37 university pure science, 38 university applied science, 75 university nonscience, 100 public science, and 100 public nonscience persons. A theoretical model of scientific literacy was developed and used to develop a 45 statement Q-set. Each person was asked to sort the Q-set in terms of "What should be expected of most high school graduates with regard to science?" A forced sort, five cards per nine piles, was required, representing a continuum from +4, MOST IMPORTANT, to -4, LEAST IMPORTANT. A questionnaire was administered to collect predictor variable data. Relationships between the inferred dimensions and the predictor variables, (a) educational level, (b) amount of science education, (c) educational level of parents, (d) age, and (e) sex, were investigated. It was found, among other things, that membership in subgroups was more related to respondents' perception of scientific literacy than was membership in the two groups; and, in general, that an inverse relationship existed between educational level and valuing of inferred dimensions. (Author/SH)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, The Ohio State University; Marginal legibility in Appendices