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Journal of Science Education and Technology

, Volume 18, Issue 5, pp 447–457 | Cite as

Ninth Graders’ Learning Interests, Life Experiences and Attitudes Towards Science & Technology

  • Shu-Nu Chang
  • Yau-Yuen Yeung
  • May Hung Cheng
Article

Abstract

Students’ learning interests and attitudes toward science have both been studied for decades. However, the connection between them with students’ life experiences about science and technology has not been addressed much. The purpose of this study is to investigate students’ learning interests and life experiences about science and technology, and also their attitudes toward technology. A total of 942 urban ninth graders in Taiwan were invited to participate in this study. A Likert scale questionnaire, which was developed from an international project, ROSE, was adapted to collect students’ ideas. The results indicated that boys showed higher learning interests in sustainability issues and scientific topics than girls. However, girls recalled more life experiences about science and technology in life than boys. The data also presented high values of Pearson correlation about learning interests and life experiences related to science and technology, and in the perspective on attitudes towards technology. Ways to promote girls’ learning interests about science and technology and the implications of teaching and research are discussed as well.

Keywords

Learning interest Life experiences Attitudes towards technology Ninth grader 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Swedish National Graduate School in Science and Technology Education Research, Department of Social and Welfare StudiesLinköping UniversityLinköpingSweden
  2. 2.Department of Mathematics, Science, Social Sciences and TechnologyHong Kong Institute of EducationHong KongChina

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