ERIC Number: EJ1083995
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Influence of Culture and Language Sensitive Physics on Science Attitude Enhancement
Morales, Marie Paz E.
Cultural Studies of Science Education, v10 n4 p951-984 Dec 2015
The study critically explored how culture and language sensitive curriculum materials in physics improve Pangasinan learners' attitude towards science. Their cultural dimensions, epistemological beliefs, and views on integration of culture and language in the teaching and learning process determined their cultural preference or profile. Design and development of culture and language sensitive curriculum materials in physics were heavily influenced by these learners' cultural preference or profile. Pilot-study using interviews and focus group discussions with natives of Pangasinan and document analysis were conducted to identify the culture, practices, and traditions integrated in the lesson development. Comparison of experimental participants' pretest and posttest results on science attitude measure showed significant statistical difference. Appraisal of science attitude enhancement favored the experimental group over the control group. Qualitative data deduced from post implementation interviews, focus group discussions, and journal log entries showed the same trend in favor of the experimental participants. The study revealed that culture and language integration in the teaching and learning process of physics concepts enabled students to develop positive attitude to science, their culture, and native language.
Descriptors: Cultural Influences, Interviews, Focus Groups, Diaries, Scientific Attitudes, Statistical Analysis, Qualitative Research, Cultural Awareness, Culturally Relevant Education, Student Attitudes, Epistemology, Learning Processes, Physics, Science Instruction, Pilot Projects, Comparative Analysis, Experimental Groups, Pretests Posttests, Control Groups, Teaching Methods, Positive Attitudes, Native Language, Malayo Polynesian Languages, Foreign Countries
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Identifiers - Location: Philippines