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ERIC Number: EJ1134409
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2154-8455
The Relationship between Exposure to Pseudoscientific Television Programmes and Pseudoscientific Beliefs among Taiwanese University Students
Tseng, Yuan-Chueh; Tsai, Chun-Yen; Hsieh, Pei-Yu; Hung, Jeng-Fung; Huang, Tai-Chu
International Journal of Science Education, Part B: Communication and Public Engagement, v4 n2 p107-122 2014
This study explores the relationship between exposure to pseudoscientific television (TV) programmes and pseudoscientific beliefs among Taiwanese university students. The "scale of attitude toward pseudoscience" instrument was used to measure the attitudes of 380 Taiwanese university students who served as subjects for the study. The data were analyzed using hierarchical multiple regression for quantitative analysis. The results showed exposure to pseudoscientific TV programmes was the predictive factor for pseudoscientific beliefs among university students. Non-science students expressed more favorable attitudes toward pseudoscientific beliefs than science students. Majoring in science had a moderating effect on the relationship between exposure to pseudoscientific TV programmes and pseudoscientific beliefs. Finally, some suggestions are proposed for how future scientific instruction could counteract pseudoscientific beliefs among students.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Taiwan
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