ERIC Number: EJ938881
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 8
Middle Year Students Talk: Science Sux or Science Rocks!
Elliott, Katrina; Paige, Kathy
Teaching Science, v56 n1 p13-16 Mar 2010
Many students arrive at high school with enthusiasm for learning Science but by Year 9 some students have become disengaged with Science as a subject. In an attempt to find out the reasons for this, thirty-five Year 9 students from five South Australian secondary schools participated in focus group discussions. This research unearthed a number of reasons why students engaged, or did not engage, with Science as a subject. The key findings included that science lessons in the middle school need to be both objective and reflective in nature; that a student's relationship with the teacher is highly important; that students learn Science best by doing and that the use of technology in the pedagogy for learning Science is important, as is parent involvement.
Descriptors: Focus Groups, Parent Participation, Science Instruction, Grade 9, Foreign Countries, Student Attitudes, Secondary School Science, Learner Engagement, Middle Schools, Teaching Methods, Teacher Student Relationship, Learning Strategies, Educational Technology, Computer Uses in Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 9; Middle Schools
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia