ERIC Number: EJ725080
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Sep-22
Reference Count: 19
An Investigation of Taiwanese Early Adolescents' Views about the Nature of Science
Huang, Chao-Ming; Tsai, Chin-Chung; Chang, Chun-Yen
Adolescence (San Diego): an international quarterly devoted to the physiological, psychological, psychiatric, sociological, and educational aspects of the second decade of human life, v40 n159 p645 Fall 2005
This study developed a Pupils' Nature of Science Scale, including the subscales of the invented and changing nature of science, the role of social negotiation on science, and cultural context on science, to assess early adolescents' views about the nature of science. More than 6,000 fifth and sixth graders in Taiwan responded to the Scale. The study revealed that the adolescents had quite different perspectives toward different subscales of the nature of science. Moreover, male adolescents tended to express more constructivist-oriented views toward the nature of science than did their female counterparts. The adolescents of different grades and races also displayed varying views toward the nature of science.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Measures (Individuals), Grade 6, Cultural Context, Adolescents, Scientific Principles, Grade 5, Beliefs, Science Education, Gender Differences, Racial Differences, Student Attitudes
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 5; Grade 6
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Taiwan