Students’ Attitudes toward Science Classes in Two Countries: Turkey and Israel

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The main aim of this study is to compare Turkish and Israeli students’ attitudes toward science class. Datasets for 14-16 years old students at the end of their compulsory schooling in both countries was taken from the Relevance of Science Education Project (ROSE) Survey in the latter half of 2003 as part of a wider international comparative study carried out by University of Oslo. The findings of this study indicated that while there is no significant statistical difference between Turkish male and female students’ scores, a significantly statistical difference was found between Israeli males and females, with males having a slight more positive attitude towards their science classes. The results will be discussed in terms of policy and science education curriculum at the conclusion part.


Keywords: Relevance of Science Education, Attitudes, Interest, Junior High School Students
Stream: Curriculum and Pedagogy; Student Learning, Learner Experiences, Learner Diversity
Presentation Type: 30 minute Paper Presentation in English
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Dr. Bulent Cavas

Instructor, Science Education, Dokuz Eylul University
Izmir, Turkey


Prof. Ricardo Trumper

Lecturer and Researcher in Physics Education and Head, Science Education Department
Faculty of Science and Science Education, Haifa University

Haifa, Israel


Prof. Jale Cakiroglu

Middle East Technical University
Ankara, Turkey


Pinar Cavas

Ege University
Turkey


Teoman Kesercioglu

Dokuz Eylul University
Turkey


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