ERIC Number: ED304346
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Distinguishing Science-Related Variations in the Causal Universal of College Students' World Views.
Cobern, William W.
An investigation derived from the logico-structural theory of world view was conducted for the purpose of examining the relationship between science interest and variations in the causal universal within college students' world views. This required the development of a special pen-and-paper instrument for detecting worldview variations in the causal universal. The instrument was based on the assumption that when a student is faced with an unfamiliar phenomenon, he or she is more likely to accept an explanation that is more consistent with his or her world view than an explanation of the phenomenon that is less consistent. The test involved making a choice between explanations that were scientifically-more and scientifically-less compatible. The test, along with a measure of science interest, was given to 120 college freshmen. The test, alone, was given to a group of professional scientists. The results suggested that there was considerable worldview variation among the students and that this variation was related to science interest. It was also found that even the students with science interests were less likely to choose a scientifically-more compatible explanation than were the professional scientists. It was concluded that the investigation lends corroboration to the logico-structural theory of world view. (Author/CW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Sponsor: Richardson (Sid W.) Foundation, Fort Worth, TX.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (62nd, San Francisco, CA, March 30-April 1, 1989). For related paper, see SE 050 451.