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ERIC Number: ED387328
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Apr-24
Pages: 24
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Lebanese Middle School Students' Definitions of Science and Perceptions of Its Purpose and Usage.
BouJaoude, Saouma; Khalick, Fouad Abd El
Students' beliefs about science and their perceptions of its purpose and usage in everyday life affect their science world view which forms the framework they use to interpret their experiences and may influence their learning of science and their choice of science related careers. The purpose of the study reported in this paper was to investigate the following questions: (1) How do Lebanese middle school students (N=80) define science? (2) What is the purpose of science according to Lebanese middle school students? (3) Where and how do middle school students see themselves using science? (4) Where do middle school students see others using science? and (5) What are the perceptions of middle school students of how others use science in everyday situations? Students participated in semi-structured interviews and filled out a questionnaire while teachers were interviewed. Results show that most students defined science as an academic subject and perceived its purpose as preparation for higher grades, higher studies, and careers; and saw themselves and others using science in academic settings. Moreover, most of the teachers of the students participating in the study defined science as an academic subject whose purpose was to give students information about the world and perceived themselves and others using science in school related settings. Contains 38 references. (JRH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Lebanon