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Science-Related Attitudes and Achievement of Form One Students

Goh, Ah Sim (1998) Science-Related Attitudes and Achievement of Form One Students. Masters thesis, Universiti Utara Malaysia.

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine whether, and to what degree, a relationship existed between attitudes towards science and achievement in science among 346 Form one students in fourteen secondary schools in the Kubang Pasu district of Kedah. The variance in science-related attitudes with respect to demographic factors namely gender, SES, home, and school was also examined. The questionnaire developed by Skumik and Jeffs was used to measure students’ attitudes towards science while science achievement was based on UPSR results. The researcher personally administered the self-reporting questionnaire throughout this study. A pilot test conducted using the questionnaire to determine the interitem consistency reliability of the science-related attitudes yielded a Cronbach alpha value of 0.8843. The results of the study indicated : (1) there was a positive and significant relationship between science achievement and (a) attitude towards science subjects, (b) attitude towards science teachers, and (c) attitude towards the social implications of science, (2) the composite attitudes towards science explained 9.4 percent of the variance in science achievement, (3) a stepwise multiple regression analysis showed that attitude towards the social implications of science was best predictor in achievement in science, (4) significant difference was found between students’ SES and attitudes towards science, (5) however, no significant difference was observed between attitudes towards science and (a) gender, (b) school, and (c) home, (6) chi-square tests revealed that science achievement was dependent on students’ SES but independent of (a) gender, (b) school, and (c) home.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Science Education, Academic Achievement, Secondary Schools, Kubang Pasu District, Kedah
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Divisions: Faculty and School System > Sekolah Siswazah
Depositing User: Mrs Shamsiah Mohd Shariff
Date Deposited: 26 Oct 2009 02:36
Last Modified: 24 Jul 2013 12:07
URI: http://etd.uum.edu.my/id/eprint/535

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