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Ardura, Diego; Galán, Arturo – International Journal of Science Education, 2019
The aim of the present investigation was to analyse the role of academic self-efficacy and approaches to learning in general and in Physics and Chemistry academic achievements. The sample comprised 507 secondary school students of two Spanish schools and the study was conducted in the context of a Physics and Chemistry subject. Structural equation…
Descriptors: Secondary School Students, Science Achievement, Learning Strategies, Self Efficacy
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Vossen, T. E.; Henze, I.; Rippe, R. C. A.; Van Driel, J. H.; De Vries, M. J. – International Journal of Science Education, 2018
Research and design activities are often employed in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) education. This study aims to examine students' attitudes towards doing research and design activities in secondary school, among two groups of students: (1) students that take the quite recently introduced Dutch subject O&O (research…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Secondary School Students, Foreign Countries, Research and Development
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Chachashvili-Bolotin, Svetlana; Milner-Bolotin, Marina; Lissitsa, Sabina – International Journal of Science Education, 2016
Based on the Social Cognitive Career Theory (SCCT), the study aims to investigate factors that predict students' interest in pursuing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields in tertiary education both in general and in relation to their gender and socio-economic background. The results of the analysis of survey responses of…
Descriptors: Secondary School Students, Student Interests, STEM Education, Postsecondary Education
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Schumm, Maximiliane F.; Bogner, Franz X. – International Journal of Science Education, 2016
To monitor science motivation, 232 tenth graders of the college preparatory level ("Gymnasium") completed the Science Motivation Questionnaire II (SMQ-II). Additionally, personality data were collected using a 10-item version of the Big Five Inventory. A subsequent exploratory factor analysis based on the eigenvalue-greater-than-one…
Descriptors: Grade 10, Questionnaires, Student Motivation, Science Instruction
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Lam, Terence Yuk Ping; Lau, Kwok Chi – International Journal of Science Education, 2014
This study uses hierarchical linear modeling to examine the influence of a range of factors on the science performances of Hong Kong students in PISA 2006. Hong Kong has been consistently ranked highly in international science assessments, such as Programme for International Student Assessment and Trends in International Mathematics and Science…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Achievement, Hierarchical Linear Modeling, Science Education
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Lin, Tzung-Jin; Tan, Aik Ling; Tsai, Chin-Chung – International Journal of Science Education, 2013
Due to the scarcity of cross-cultural comparative studies in exploring students' self-efficacy in science learning, this study attempted to develop a multi-dimensional science learning self-efficacy (SLSE) instrument to measure 316 Singaporean and 303 Taiwanese eighth graders' SLSE and further to examine the differences between the two student…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Self Efficacy, Cross Cultural Studies, Cultural Differences
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Zeyer, Albert; Bolsterli, Katrin; Brovelli, Dorothee; Odermatt, Freia – International Journal of Science Education, 2012
Sex is considered to be one of the most significant factors influencing attitudes towards science. However, the so-called brain type approach from cognitive science suggests that the difference in motivation to learn science does not primarily differentiate the girls from the boys, but rather the so-called systemisers from the empathizers. The…
Descriptors: Learning Motivation, Self Efficacy, Brain, Cognitive Psychology