ERIC Number: ED337353
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Hispanic-American Students' Attitudes toward Enrolling in High School Chemistry: A Study of Planned Behavior and Belief-Based Change.
Crawley, Frank E.; Koballa, Thomas R., Jr.
The study sought to: (1) identify the determinants that motivate Hispanic-American students to enroll in high school chemistry; and (2) determine if providing belief-based information to students and their parents/guardians increases chemistry registration. The Theory of Planned Behavior (TPB) and Elaboration Likelihood Model (ELM) guided the study. Belief-based information about chemistry enrollment was collected from 69 students and was content analyzed. Once identified, the modal salient beliefs and referents guided development of the Chemistry Interest Questionnaire (CIQ), audiotaped messages, and accompanying information sheets. Messages were administered to one control and three experimental groups. One week later 598 students completed the CIQ. Shortly thereafter they registered for fall, 1990 courses. Findings support use of the TBP and ELM. Chemistry enrollment for students in the student only message group exceeded chance expectations. (24 references) (Author/KR)
Descriptors: Behavior Change, Behavior Theories, Beliefs, Career Choice, Chemistry, Cultural Background, Decision Making, Enrollment Influences, High Schools, Hispanic American Students, Motivation, Parent Participation, Predictor Variables, Questionnaires, Science Education, Secondary School Science, Sex Differences, Student Attitudes
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (Lake Geneva, WI, April 7-10, 1991).