A 20-Year Study of Undergraduate Astronomy Students’ Beliefs and Knowledge in Science and Technology

Buxner, Sanlyn R. and Antonellis, Jessie and Impey, Chris D. (2011) A 20-Year Study of Undergraduate Astronomy Students’ Beliefs and Knowledge in Science and Technology. In: Earth and Space Science: Making Connections in Education and Public Outreach. Astronomical Society of the Pacific Conference Series, pp. 434-437.

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Abstract

This poster presents data from a 20-year study into the science literacy of undergraduates enrolled in introductory astronomy courses. Responses from almost 10,000 undergraduate students from 1989 to 2009 have been analyzed. We present students’ responses to both science literacy and belief questions by year and demographic variables, as well as trends in open-ended responses. Analysis revealed that demographic variables accounted for only 7% of the variance in students’ science literacy scores. The strongest predictor of a student’s overall science literacy score was how many science courses they had completed, yet this only accounted for 4% of the variance, as did students’ beliefs regarding science and technology issues.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: Astronomy Education Research
Depositing User: Dr Michael Fitzgerald
Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2017 11:24
Last Modified: 03 Oct 2017 11:24
URI: http://istardb.org/id/eprint/1204

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