Student experience of school science

Shirazi, S. (2017) Student experience of school science. International Journal of Science Education, 39(14), pp. 1891-1912. (doi:10.1080/09500693.2017.1356943)

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Abstract

This paper presents the findings of a two-phase mixed methods research study that explores the link between experiences of school science of post-16 students and their decisions to take up science for their higher studies. In the first phase, students aged 16–17 (n = 569) reflected on the past five years of their school science experience in a quasi-longitudinal approach to determine a typology of experiences. The second phase entailed data collection through interviews of a sample of these students (n = 55) to help triangulate and extend findings from the first phase. Students taking up science post-16 reported significantly more positive experiences of school science than students who had decided not to take science further. Of school-related factors influencing experiences of school science curriculum content was the most important followed by being interested and motivated in the subject. There is evidence that interest and motivation in science depend on teacher practice and the perception of science as a difficult subject.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Shirazi, Dr Shaista
Authors: Shirazi, S.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Interdisciplinary Studies
Journal Name:International Journal of Science Education
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN:0950-0693
ISSN (Online):1464-5289
Published Online:09 August 2017
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 The Author
First Published:First published in International Journal of Science Education 39(14): 1891-1912
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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