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ERIC Number: ED257657
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985
Pages: 24
Abstractor: N/A
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Attitudes of University Candidates Towards Learning Activities Aimed at Preparation for Science Studies.
Scherz, Zahava; And Others
Students' attitudes, expectations, and opinions about a desirable preparatory preacademic program were investigated before and after 1 year of science studies in the Preacademic School (PAS) of the Hebrew University. A questionnaire was pre- and post-administered to 150 PAS students (70 percent of whom were classified as academically disadvantaged according to socioeconomic criteria) during the years 1978-1980. The questionnaire included items which asked students to give reasons for enrolling in the PAS, rank order six PAS goals and their goals for university studies, indicate their perceptions of factors influencing their success in future university studies, and express opinions about the importance of different learning activities; it also asked them to rate their performance and perceived abilities regarding various learning activities in science. Two findings noted are that prospective science students expect learning activities to play an important role beyond that of merely subject matter teaching, and that these learning skills (such as scientific reading and essay writing) have a greater influence on future success in university studies than such factors as hard work or talent. Based on these and other findings it was concluded that learning skills should play an important role in remedial programs for disadvantaged students. (JN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Israel