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ERIC Number: EJ975556
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jun
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 55
ISSN: ISSN-2077-2327
Exploring South African Grade 11 Learners' Perceptions of Classroom Inquiry: Validation of a Research Instrument
Dudu, Washington T.; Vhurumuku, Elaosi
Science Education International, v23 n2 p150-165 Jun 2012
This paper discusses the adoption and validation of a research instrument, on determining learners' levels of perception of classroom inquiry based on data collected from South African Grade 11 learners. The Learners' Perception of Classroom Inquiry (LPCI) instrument consists only of Likert-type items which rank activities according to how often they occur. Learners' rankings were used to predict extent to which they are engaged in principles of scientific inquiry in the laboratory. Other data sources included expert and learner interviews for purposes of content validity and corroboration of learners' LPCI responses respectively. Correlation analysis revealed that all five inquiry facets correlate substantially with the total score of all the constructs. Results provide evidence of relevant satisfaction that relates mainly to the instrument having passed the test in terms of face, criterion, construct and content validity. On a wider scale and in larger populations, the instrument can be used with confidence. (Contains 3 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Grade 11
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Africa