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ERIC Number: ED399182
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Jul-31
Pages: 25
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Views about Science and Physics Achievement: The VASS Story.
Halloun, Ibrahim
The Views About Sciences Survey (VASS) is a survey of student views about knowing and learning science for the purpose of assessing the relation of these views to achievement in science courses. This paper discusses the survey's design, development, results, and implications for science education. The survey assesses student views along two broad dimensions, scientific and cognitive, with a novel Contrasting Alternatives Design. It was administered to 326 college students enrolled in various introductory physics courses. Results indicate the following: college physics students have views about physics that often diverge from physicists' views; students do not show a consistent tendency towards one type of view or another on all VASS items; student views can be classified into three distinct profiles: expert, transitional, and folk, with the majority of students evincing a transitional profile; and the closer students are to expert views on individual items or to an expert profile on the entire VASS, the better their performance in college physics courses. Appendix includes the VASS instrument. Contains 71 references. (Author/JRH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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