THE INFLUENCE OF SCIENCE CENTERS ON THE ATTITUDE OF SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS TOWARDS SCIENCE EDUCATION

Abstract

Author(s): Mevl羹t GNDZ?? Zehra KALE???

This study has the objective of determining as well as comparing and contrasting the attitudes of students, studying at Numan Dan?? Imam Hatip Secondary School (Religious Vocational Secondary School) in Çumra District of Konya during the academic year 2017-2018, regarding the sciences classes before and after attending the courses at Science Center. The study group consists of 19 male and 19 female students. One group pre-test post-test experimental design has been used in the study for purposes of comparing and contrasting the attitude scores of the students. SPSS software has been used to analyze the quantitative data along with the statistics like frequency, percentage, mean, deviation, t test and anova. As for the qualitative data, the viewpoints of the student have been evaluated. Descriptive analysis approach has been used to analyze the qualitative data obtained. The study is considered as a mixed research method as both quantitative and qualitative designs have been employed. It has been found that there is no significant difference between the pre-test and post-test attitude scores of the students based on the answers of students. There is also no significant difference regarding sex and class level of the students. The interview form that applied following the field trip to science center has suggested that students have more positive attitudes regarding sciences; they have been more interested in the sciences and that they want to learn more about sciences. It has been observed that students were able to express themselves much better on the interview form applied after the field trip unlike their answers to the questions in the attitude scale. All in all, it has been determined that the field trip to science center has impacted the attitudes of students regarding sciences classes positively. Mostly, since the concept of attitude is basically affective concept, it is a process that takes years to acquire. One of the results that may come out is that the attitudes might not change in one go or at a time

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