ERIC Number: EJ1107623
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Aug
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0957 7572
How Are Students' Attitudes Related to Learning Outcomes?
Metsärinne, Mika; Kallio, Manne
International Journal of Technology and Design Education, v26 n3 p353-371 Aug 2016
This article is a part of a research project aimed to find out how different background variables are related to learning outcomes in technology education related to the school subject Sloyd (craft). The research question of this article is: "How are ninth grade students' attitudes towards the subject related to their learning outcomes?" The empirical data (n = 4792) was collected by stratified sampling from 152 secondary schools as a part of the Finnish National Board of Education (FNBE) assessment. A shortened Finnish version of the Fennema-Sherman attitude test was carried out in a narrowed sample (n = 1548). The three attitude factors for learners were "Liking Sloyd as a school subject", "Experiencing Utility in Sloyd" and "Self-concept in Sloyd". Structural equation modelling revealed that "Experiencing Utility" predicts learning outcomes while "Liking" and "Self-concept" were interveners. The results suggest more learner-centred pedagogics for developing technology education.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Secondary School Students, Student Attitudes, Grade 9, Outcomes of Education, Technology Education, Attitude Measures, Structural Equation Models, Predictor Variables, Self Concept, Student Centered Learning, Handicrafts
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education; Grade 9; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; High Schools
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Identifiers - Location: Finland
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