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ERIC Number: EJ939055
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9266
Is Biology Boring? Student Attitudes toward Biology
Prokop, Pavol; Prokop, Matel; Tunnicliffe, Sue Dale
Journal of Biological Education, v42 n1 p36-39 2007
The study examines the interests and attitudes of school students toward biology: through their interest in out-of-school activities and their attitude towards lessons as measured by interest, importance and difficulty. Biology lessons were relatively popular with the greatest preference found among students learning zoology. Girls showed significantly greater interest in biology than boys. This difference was highest among grade five (age 10-11) students when learning botany. Girls assessed biology as more important and less difficult than boys. Biology-related hobbies, films and books received greater attention (10-21%) than other activities and were significantly related. However, fifth grade students (both boys and girls) exhibited difficulties in learning botany and interest in biology decreased with age. (Contains 1 table and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 1; Grade 2; Grade 3; Grade 4; Grade 5; Grade 6; Grade 7; Grade 8; Grade 9; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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