Published on March 8, 2014
Percentage of pupils age 16 and over in maintained and private school taking A-levels Year 1980 1993 Science and mathematics only (%) 29.6 16.6 Science and mathematics and other subjects (%) 27.6 34.8 Other subjects only (%) 42.7 48.7 Percentage of combinations of A-level subjects passed for school leavers and further education students (three or more A-levels) Year Recent Declining Issues 1980 1991 Science or science and mathematics only 37 16 Science or mathematics and other subjects 27 40 Other subjects only 36 43
Recent Declining Issues
Manifestation of favorable attitudes towards science The perception of the science teacher Anxiety towards science The acceptance of scientific enquiry as a way of thought The adoption of ‘scientific attitudes’ The value of science Self-esteem at science Motivation towards science The enjoyment of science learning experiences The development of interest in science and science-related activities The development of an interest in pursuing a career in science or science related work Its Meaning Klopfer (1971) Enjoyment of science Attitudes of peers and friends towards science Attitude of parents towards science The nature of the classroom environment Achievement in science Fear of failure on course
Attitudes towards science do not consists of a single unitary construct but a large number of sub constructs They are essentially a measure of the subject’s expressed preferences and feelings towards an object Consequently, It is behavior than attitude that has become a focus of interest Behavior is seen as being determined by intention, and intention, in turn, is a joint product of attitude towards the behavior and subjective norm. Its Components
Young People’s Attitudes Towards Science
Subject Preference studies Attitude Scales Students rank their favorite subjects A relative scale among children Inconsistence and lack of reliability Subject Enrolment Interest Inventories Based on the data of enrolments List of items Less suspect, but more restricted Qualitative Methodologies Measurement Instrument Favorable or unfavorable attitudes Interviews Restrictions of its generalizability Affected by changes in society
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