ERIC Number: ED404132
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Gender Differences in Attitude toward Science.
Smist, Julianne M.; And Others
Since the mid 1980's increasing research has been conducted on the relationship that exists between student attitude toward science and science achievement. While many are focusing on investigating this relationship, this study focused on assuring that measurement of attitude changes of diverse groups in America is done with valid and reliable instruments. This focus was realized by seeking to answer two questions: (1) How well is the construct "attitudes toward science" measured by the Test of Science-Related Attitudes (TOSRA); and (2) Are there differences in attitudes toward science between male and female high school students? Regarding reliability, the results obtained were comparable to similar studies. However, seven distinctive dimensions among the 70 items were not found. It was concluded that the TOSRA is a valid and reliable instrument for use with American students. In addition it was added that although females generally are reported as having poorer attitudes toward science, the females in this study only had less positive attitudes in the areas of career/leisure interest in science and in science classes. In terms of performing experiments and the social importance of science, there were no significant differences between the attitudes of males and females. The text is appended. (ZWH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Education and Training Corp., Staunton, VA.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Test of Science Related Attitudes