ERIC Number: EJ789205
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
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South African Primary Children's Attitudes to Science
Pell, A. W.; Manganye, H. T.
Evaluation and Research in Education, v20 n3 p121-143 2007
Attitudes to science scales developed in England have been used in a rural region of South Africa with children aged 10 and 11 years in a two-stage data collection investigation. Cultural constraints on the use of "foreign" scales are explored. Factor analyses reveal differences between the South African and English children. A South African "science enthusiasm" factor has emerged from the African language version of one of the three scales, which reflects both the universality of science education and the new South African national science policy. The effect of language on reliability and validity is reported for test administrations in Xitsonga and English. Interviews with children at the three participating schools show an appreciation of practical science, despite limited resource provision. The research illustrates the possibilities of teacher-initiated contribution to curriculum development in a region of South Africa where there is a pre-existing pool of re-educated science teachers.
Descriptors: African Languages, Curriculum Development, Foreign Countries, Science Teachers, Student Attitudes, Cultural Influences, Factor Analysis, Cultural Differences, Cross Cultural Studies, Language Usage, Test Validity, Test Reliability, Interviews, Science Instruction
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Identifiers - Location: South Africa; United Kingdom (England)