ERIC Number: ED361219
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Mar
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An Investigation of Projective Measures of Attitude toward Science.
Piburn, Michael; Sidlik, Lawrence P.
Studies examining the topics of attitude and achievement, attitudes of males and females, and grade level and gender have produced a variety of inconsistent or weak results. This study investigated elements of science classrooms that are influential in forming the attitudes of students. The study used projective and cross-sex probes in two new types of measures: the projective response and the sentence-completion test. A 40 item classroom structure scale was created and given to students in 40 classrooms in grades 2, 5, 8, and 11 (n=1,084). From these classes, two student-centered and two teacher-centered classrooms were chosen and were administered the instrument "Individual and Group Attitudes Toward Science." Ten students were randomly chosen from each classroom to complete a sentence completion test. Results confirm that attitude toward science decline as students get older. The most prominent finding is that students express better attitudes toward science than they believe others hold, and better than they believe their parents hold. Teachers were most disliked in the eighth grade and in teacher-centered classrooms. (PR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Sentence Completion Test