Document Type

Article

Publication Version

Accepted Manuscript

Publication Date

2004

Journal or Book Title

Teaching Earth Science

Volume

29

Issue

2

First Page

28

Last Page

31

Abstract

Research into attitudes in science focuses largely on determining if certain instruction methods affect student attitude and there is a broad range of opinions as to what attitude means and how to study it. We have analyzed the attitude of students enrolled into two introductory geology classes with the goal to test if demographic factors and success in the class play a significant role in determining students attitude towards science and learning science. A pre-test and a post-test Likert-type attitude questionnaire were administered to two introductory Geology classes at Iowa State University during the Autumn semester 2002. Results were analyzed for statistically significant relationships between attitude, gender, major and final grade. The results show that male students, science, math and technology majors, and students who successfully passed the class have a better attitude towards learning science.

Comments

This is a manuscript of an article in Teaching Earth Science 29 (2004): 28. Posted with permission.

Rights

© Earth Science Teachers’ Association (ESTA). Reproduced with kind permission of ESTA for use in Iowa State University material only.

Copyright Owner

Earth Science Teachers’ Association

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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