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Title:Students' attitude towards science: a study of secondary school science in Zimbabwe
Author:Hodzi, R.A.ISNI
Periodical:Zimbabwe Journal of Educational Research (ISSN 1013-3445)
Notes:biblio. refs., ills.
Geographic terms:Zimbabwe
Southern Africa
science education
secondary education
science and technology
Abstract:This study investigates the influence of the teacher, science interest, social implications, and friends on secondary school pupils' attitude towards science in Zimbabwe. For the application of the Zimbabwe Attitude towards Science Test (ZAST) stratified random sampling techniques were used and 200 schools were selected from the 9 education regions of Zimbabwe. A total of 800 students responded to a questionnaire. The results of the study show that at form I and II levels, both boys and girls were interested in science and that they were both influenced by their science teachers and friends. Girls, however, were more influenced by their science teachers than boys. Form III and IV students, both boys and girls, were very interested in science, but they were less influenced by their teachers and friends. Forms III and IV were more interested in science than Forms I and II. The findings emphasize the importance of the influence of teachers' science-related attitudes and behaviour on those of their students. Bibliogr., sum.