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ERIC Number: ED515978
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jan-18
Pages: 63
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 103
Parental Attitudes and the Effects of Ethnicity: How They Influence Children's Attitudes toward Science Education
Alrehaly, Essa D.
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The purpose of this study was to explore the manner in which parents' attitudes toward science learning influences their children's attitudes and the effect of ethnicity on attitudes toward science learning. The results of this study show that parental attitudes toward science learning were influenced by both parents' early life experiences and their own early science learning experiences in school. Also in this study, even though the parents' attitudes, as seen across ethnicities, were found to be positive toward science learning, their attitudes failed to be transformed into serious actions taken to influence their children's attitudes toward science learning. In the absence of real parental involvement, parents' attitudes, displayed as beliefs and intentions, have been found to be of limited importance in influencing either student attitudes or attainments. Cultural, ethnic and social effects were found difficult to measure. In sum, this study concluded that there are three major factors that could heavily influence student academic success in science across cultures and ethnicities: (a) parental attitudes toward science education (b) parental involvement in science education and (c) parents' social stratification. Parents' subculture and social construction block or promote many opportunities for individual performance. (Contains 2 tables and 2 figures.)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Junior High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A