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Attitudes towards science among senior secondary students in Fiji

journal contribution
posted on 30.03.2021, 03:36 by Mani Naiker, Bibhya Sharma, Lara Wakeling, Joel Johnson, Janice Mani, Bijeta Kumar, Anji Naidu, MGM Khan, Stephen Brown
In order to investigate gender and ethnicity-based differences in scientific attitudes among Fijian students, the widely studied Test of Scientific Related Attitudes (TOSRA) was administered to 1401 senior secondary Fijian students (Years 11–13; approximately 15–18 years of age). Students generally had a positive attitude towards science overall in Years 11–13, with females showing a more positive attitude than males. By Year 13, the attitudes of females towards science had become more negative. The attitude of iTaukei students towards science started out lower than other ethnicities in Year 11 and increased during Year 12, before falling to below the starting attitude levels in Year 13. Fijian students of Indian descent generally had a positive attitude towards science that remained consistent throughout Years 11–13, with an increase in leisure and career interest in science in Year 13. A strong correlation was found between the ethnicity of a student and their first language. Continued science outreach programmes, particularly in Year 12, are important to achieve and retain scientific interest and attitudes among Fijian secondary students.

History

Volume

25

Issue

1

Start Page

57

End Page

72

Number of Pages

16

eISSN

2382-0373

ISSN

1173-6135

Publisher

Wilf Malcolm Institute of Educational Research

Additional Rights

CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

Yes

External Author Affiliations

The University of South Pacific Fiji; Federation University Australia; Auckland University of Technology, NZ

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Waikato Journal of Education