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Title: Looking Back: Students perceptions of the relative enjoyment of primary and secondary school science
Contributor(s): Lyons, Terence  (author); Quinn, Frances  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2010
Handle Link: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/8586
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.
Publication Type: Conference Publication
Conference Name: First International Conference of STEM in Education: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in Education Conference, Brisbane, Australia, 26th - 27th November, 2010
Conference Details: First International Conference of STEM in Education: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in Education Conference, Brisbane, Australia, 26th - 27th November, 2010
Source of Publication: Proceedings of the STEM in Education Conference
Publisher: Queensland University of Technology
Place of Publication: Online
Field of Research (FOR): 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 930201 Pedagogy
930103 Learner Development
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: E1 Refereed Scholarly Conference Publication
Other Links: http://stem.ed.qut.edu.au/index.php/conference-proceedings.html
http://stem.ed.qut.edu.au/
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