ERIC Number: ED297932
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Apr
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The Effect of Persuasion on Nuclear Attitudes of Secondary School Students.
Showers, Dennis Edward
Designed to test the effects of knowledge acquisition on attitude formation and change, this study investigated whether knowledge-oriented instruction would have a different effect on students' nuclear attitudes than attitude-oriented instruction. High school students (N=331) from six schools who had not studied nuclear energy in any class or major curriculum unit participated in the study. The six schools were divided into two experimental groups (one receiving the knowledge treatment and one receiving the attitude treatment) and one control group (receiving a placebo treatment). Attitude and knowledge were measured with pretests, posttests, and retention tests. Data from the study indicated that knowledge about nuclear energy can be increased without increasing favorable attitudes toward nuclear energy and that favorable attitudes toward nuclear energy can be increased without changing knowledge of the subject. The teaching implications relating to knowledge and attitudes are also discussed and recommendations for further research are indicated. (ML)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (60th, Washington, DC, April 23-25, 1987). For a related document, see SE 048 177.