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ERIC Number: EJ1074080
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Oct
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 54
ISSN: EISSN-1305-8223
Examination of Gender Differences on Cognitive and Motivational Factors That Influence 8th Graders' Science Achievement in Turkey
Acar, Ömer; Türkmen, Lütfullah; Bilgin, Ahmet
EURASIA Journal of Mathematics, Science & Technology Education, v11 n5 p1027-1040 Oct 2015
We examined the influence of several students' cognitive and motivational factors on 8th graders' science achievement and also gender differences on factors that significantly contribute to the science achievement model. A total of 99 girls and 83 boys responded all the instruments used in this study. Results showed that girls outperformed boys on science achievement. Furthermore, regression analyses showed a model including initial conceptual knowledge, scientific reasoning, and utility value of science as independent variables best predicted science achievement. Results also showed girls and boys did not differ on initial conceptual knowledge and scientific reasoning but on utility value of science. Implications for science education were discussed according to the findings.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 8; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Elementary Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Turkey