ERIC Number: ED319631
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
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Attitude and Secondary School Science Students' Intention To Enroll in Physics: An Application of the Theory of Planned Behavior.
Crawley, Frank E.; Black, Carolyn B.
This study explores the utility of the theory of planned behavior for understanding and predicting the behavioral intentions of secondary science students. Data were collected from secondary science students enrolling in earth science (8th grade), biology (9th grade), physical science (10th grade), or chemistry (11th grade). Cause-effect relations were analyzed using the method of path analysis to test the direct effects of model variables specified in the theory of planned behavior. Results indicated that students' intention to enroll in a high school physics course was determined by their attitude toward enrollment and their degree of perceived behavioral control. Attitude, subjective norm, and perceived behavioral control were formed as a result of specific beliefs students held about enrolling in physics. Grade level and career goals were found to be instrumental in shaping student attitudes. Immediate family members were identified as major referents in the social support system for enrolling in physics. Course and extra-curricular conflicts and the fear of failure were shown to be the primary beliefs obstructing students' perception of control over physics enrollment. (Author/YP)
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 (63rd, Atlanta, GA, April 8-11, 1990).