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ERIC Number: ED528359
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 17
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1548-6613
An Investigation of Children's Interested and Not Interested Science Topics in Textbooks
Hsieh, Fu-Pei; Lee, Sung-Tao
Online Submission, US-China Education Review B 2 p185-194 2011
The purpose of this study was to investigate the science topics that children felt interested and not interested in textbooks for compiling science texts to improve their learning. Four hundred and eighty-eight fifth and sixth graders were invited to finish ISTQ (interested science topics questionnaire) which was composed of three subscales: (1) The science contents in textbooks (textbooks); (2) Science-related ads (ads); and (3) Science news (news). The findings in this study were based on the data collected in textbooks subscale. The analyses were conducted by t-test and descriptive statistics, including percentage and bar chart. The results indicated that more than 50% of the students felt interested in the five most interesting topics shown in ISTs, with only a few exceptions. However, the number of interested students dropped to about 30% when it came to the five least interested topics in ISTs. Moreover, the results of t-test also revealed that there were significant mean differences with different effect sizes in science achievement between different genders and between graders and areas. Finally, some implications for future research and science teaching were discussed. (Contains 14 figures and 2 tables.)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 5; Grade 6
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Taiwan