Looking back : students' perceptions of the relative enjoyment of primary and secondary school science

Lyons, Terry & Quinn, Frances (2010) Looking back : students' perceptions of the relative enjoyment of primary and secondary school science. In Hudson, Peter, Chandra, Vinesh, King, Donna, & Lee, Kar-Tin (Eds.) Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in Education Conference Proceedings, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia.

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Abstract

This paper reports and discusses a contentious result from an Australia-wide study of the influences on students' decisions about taking senior science subjects. As part of the Choosing Science study (Lyons and Quinn 2010) 3759 Year 10 students were asked to indicate which stage of their schooling (lower primary, upper primary, lower secondary, middle secondary) they had most enjoyed learning science. Crosstabulations of responses revealed that around 78% of students indicated that they had enjoyed learning science more in secondary than in primary school, and 55% enjoyed it the most during Years 9 and 10. The perception that school science was more enjoyable in high school was also found among students who did not intend taking science in Year 11, though to a lesser extent. These findings are unexpected and significant, challenging the prevailing view that enjoyment of school science steadily declines after primary school. The paper elaborates on the findings and suggests that the different conclusions arrived at by studies in this field may be due to the different methodologies employed.

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ID Code: 68291
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Pre-QUT publication
Keywords: Attitudes to science, Enjoyment of science, Experiences of primary school science, Experiences of secondary school science
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Primary Education (excl. Maori) (130105)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Secondary Education (130106)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Science Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy (130212)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Teacher Education & Leadership
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 [please consult the author]
Deposited On: 12 Mar 2014 02:34
Last Modified: 07 Feb 2017 05:21

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