Astrology Beliefs among Undergraduate Students

Sugarman, Hannah and Impey, Chris D. and Buxner, Sanlyn R. and Antonellis, Jessie C. (2011) Astrology Beliefs among Undergraduate Students. Astronomy Education Review, 10 (1). ISSN 15391515

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Abstract

A survey of the science knowledge and attitudes toward science of nearly 10000 undergraduates at a large public university over a 20-year period included several questions addressing student beliefs in astrology and other forms of pseudoscience. The results from our data reveal that a large majority of students (78%) considered astrology “very” or “sort of” scientific. Only 52% of science majors said that astrology is “not at all” scientific. We find that students’ science literacy, as defined by the National Science Foundation in its surveys of the general public, does not strongly correlate with an understanding that astrology is pseudoscientific, and therefore belief in astrology is likely not a valid indicator of scientific illiteracy.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Astronomy Education Research
Depositing User: Mr Saeed Salimpour
Date Deposited: 06 Jul 2017 11:40
Last Modified: 19 Aug 2018 09:25
URI: http://istardb.org/id/eprint/907

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