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ERIC Number: EJ1161031
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0022-0973
Students' Personal Connection with Science: Investigating the Multidimensional Phenomenological Structure of Self-Relevance
Hartwell, Matthew; Kaplan, Avi
Journal of Experimental Education, v86 n1 p86-104 2018
This paper presents findings from a two-phase mixed methods study investigating the phenomenological structure of self-relevance among ninth-grade junior high school biology students (Phase 1: N = 118; Phase 2: N = 139). We begin with a phenomenological multidimensional definition of self-relevance as comprising three dimensions: the academic content, the student's identity, and the connection between content and identity. We then describe the procedure of coding students' writing about the relevance of biology concepts to their life, the development of a survey that captures these codes, and the results of exploratory factor and multidimensional scaling analyses that supported the three-component phenomenological structure of students' relevance constructions across different subgroups while simultaneously highlighting the complex and situated nature of these self-relevance constructions.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Junior High Schools
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Language: English
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