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ERIC Number: EJ1017373
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jun
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1609-4913
Developing a Physics Laboratory Anxiety Scale
Berber, Nilufer Cerit
Asia-Pacific Forum on Science Learning and Teaching, v14 n1 Article 7 Jun 2013
Although the level of cognitive behaviours is continually controlled in school environments, affective behaviours cannot be both acquired and measured in a planned manner way. In fact, the functionality of educational activities, which are orientated towards cognitive targets, can be enhanced by placing more emphasis on the affective dimension. Physics especially is a subject which often attracts negative attitudes. Students possess negative attitudes towards the physics laboratory as much as towards physics lesson and physics exams. It is evident that this negative attitude is largely expressed as anxiety. Thus, this research has aimed at developing a scale that can be applied to determine anxieties related to the physics laboratory lessons of students from secondary schools and higher education institutions. Primarily, an item pool associated with laboratory anxiety was formed in the scale development process. This item pool was tested on 245 undergraduates in a physics laboratory lesson at Necmettin Erbakan University and exploratory factor analyses, confirmatory factor analyses and reliability analyses were performed. A scale with four sub-dimensions and 16 items subsequently emerged. Six items of the scale measure anxiety about finishing experiments; four items measure anxiety about doing the experiment correctly; three items measure constant anxiety about the physics laboratory; and three items measure anxiety related to the use of materials in the laboratory.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Turkey
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