Attitudes towards Science Learning among 10th-Grade Students: A qualitative look

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Abstract

The twenty-first century is characterized by multiple, frequent and remarkable scientific
advancements, which have a major effect on the decisions that govern everyday life. It is therefore
vital to give proper comprehensive scientific education to the population and provide it with the right
tools for decision-making. This in turn requires that we foster a positive attitude among students
towards science studies and encourage them to choose sciences as their major subjects. The following study examines 10th-grade high school students in an attempt to understand and document the
influential factors underlying their attitudes towards science studies. The study is conducted through
a qualitative research methodology, gathering data based on interviews. This methodology exposes the students’ feelings, views and beliefs, and explores the characteristics of the factors influencing students’ attitudes. Of these factors, we found the most significant for high school students to be interpersonal interaction between teacher and student, the relevance and authenticity of the topics being studied, and the diversity of the teaching methods. We therefore suggest that these three elements should be given particular emphasis by teachers and teacher educators
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1219-1243
JournalInternational Journal of Science Education
Volume33
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - 2011

Keywords

  • Attitudes
  • Biology education
  • High school
  • Learning environment
  • Qualitative research

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