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ERIC Number: EJ940532
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Dec
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 19
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1539-1515
Astrology Beliefs among Undergraduate Students
Sugarman, Hannah; Impey, Chris; Buxner, Sanlyn; Antonellis, Jessie
Astronomy Education Review, v10 n1 p010101-1-010101-9 Dec 2011
A survey of the science knowledge and attitudes toward science of nearly 10000 undergraduates at a large public university over a 20-year period included several questions addressing student beliefs in astrology and other forms of pseudoscience. The results from our data reveal that a large majority of students (78%) considered astrology "very" or "sort of" scientific. Only 52% of science majors said that astrology is "not at all" scientific. We find that students' science literacy, as defined by the National Science Foundation in its surveys of the general public, does not strongly correlate with an understanding that astrology is pseudoscientific, and therefore belief in astrology is likely not a valid indicator of scientific illiteracy. (Contains 5 figures and 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A