Transcending towards science cultural borders:

Sub Title: implications to grade eight students' scientific skills and attitudes in a public high school.

Author: Cabrera, Ana Katrina et.al

Accession Number: 820

Class No: AV-UGT

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Copyright Year: 2016

Abstract:

This quantitative-qualitative research described the scientific skills and attitudes of Grade 8 students in a public high school when classified according to how they transcend Science cultural borders. Specifically, it sought to determine the probable categories of Grade 8 students in terms of transcending Science cultural borders and identify the scientific skills and attitudes of students when classified as Potent Scientist, Other Smart Kids, and Outsiders. A questionnaire adapted from the work of Aikenhead (1999) was administered to 115 students in Grade 8 to identify their categories. After being classified, researchers randomly choose three students per category who underwent both interview and skill test. The students’ Science student teachers were also interviewed. Triangulation was used by the researchers to validate the data gathered. Results showed that the probable categories are Potent Scientist comprising 102 students out of 115, Other Smart Kids comprising 10 out of 115 and Outsiders comprising 3 out of 115. It has also been found out also that Potent Scientists perceived themselves to be skeptics, open-minded, risk-takers, objective, determined and curious. These students are good in observing, measuring acquiring data and experimenting but are having difficulty in classifying, organizing data using tables and graphs and hypothesizing. Other Smart Kids perceived themselves to be risk-taker, curious and determined. They are good in observing, measuring, acquiring data and experimenting. They have difficulty in classifying, organizing data using tables and graphs and hypothesizing. Outsiders perceived themselves to be risk-takers and determined. They are good when observing, measuring and experimenting but not in classifying, organizing data using table and graphs, hypothesizing and acquiring data. Thus, it seems that each category varies accordingly in terms of scientific skills and attitudes. Potent Scientist, as someone who is more inclined towards science among the three categories, are found to be skeptic, open-minded, objective, risk-taker, curious and determined. Other Smart Kids are risk-taker, curious and determined. Outsiders are said to be risk-takers and determined only. For scientific skills, all these three categories are having difficulty in classifying, hypothesizing and organizing using tables and graphs. “Outsiders” as the very least among the three, also has difficulty in acquiring data or information.


Keywords: Science cultural borders, Scientific skills, Scientific attitudes

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