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ERIC Number: EJ1137921
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jun
Pages: 29
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1305-8223
The Status of Science and Technology Relative to Other School Subjects. Results of a Study Conducted on Primary and Secondary School Students in Quebec
Hasni, Abdelkrim; Potvin, Patrice; BelletĂȘte, Vincent
EURASIA Journal of Mathematics, Science & Technology Education, v13 n6 p1575-1603 Jun 2017
In recent decades, many studies have examined students' interest in science and technology (S&T) at school. However, few investigations have studied this interest in a manner that accounts for the status that students assign to this subject relative to other subjects in the curriculum. The main objective of this article is to conduct such an examination. To assess this issue, three dimensions have been considered: ease, relative preference, and relative importance. This study, which included 2,571 students, reveals that S&T occupies an intermediate position relative to other subjects, with only slight differences between boys and girls. However, there are important differences across school years: 1) S&T is perceived to be increasingly difficult as students' progress in their schooling; 2) relative preference for S&T decreases during the primary-secondary school transition but subsequently rises; and 3) the relative importance of S&T increases compared with all other subjects as students advance in their education. Significant correlations are observed between the latter two dimensions and students' intentions to pursue studies or careers in S&T.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada (Montreal)
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