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Title: Undergraduates’ attitudes toward science and their epistemological beliefs: Positive effects of certainty and authority beliefs
Authors: Fulmer, Gavin William
Keywords: Science education
Attitudes
Epistemology
Lay epistemic theory
Rasch measurement
Issue Date: 2014
Citation: Fulmer, G. W. (2014). Undergraduates’ attitudes toward science and their epistemological beliefs: Positive effects of certainty and authority beliefs. Journal of Science Education and Technology, 23(1), 198-206.
Abstract: Attitudes toward science are an important aspect of students’ persistence in school science and interest in pursuing future science careers, but students’ attitudes typically decline over the course of formal schooling. This study examines relationships of students’ attitudes toward science with their perceptions of science as inclusive or non-religious, and their epistemological beliefs about epistemic authority and certainty. Data were collected using an online survey system among undergraduates at a large, public U.S. university (n=582). Data were prepared using a Rasch rating scale model, and then analyzed using multiple regression. Gender and number of science and mathematics courses were included as control variables, followed by perceptions of science, then epistemological beliefs. Findings show that respondents have more positive attitudes when they perceive science to be inclusive of women and minorities, and when they perceive science to be incompatible with religion. Respondents also have more positive attitudes toward science when they believe scientific knowledge is uncertain, and when they believe knowledge derives from authority. Interpretations of these findings and implications for future research are discussed.
Description: This is the final draft, after peer-review, of a manuscript published in Journal of Science Education and Technology. The published version is available online at http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10956-013-9463-7
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10497/16597
ISSN: 1059-0145 (print)
1573-1839 (online)
Other Identifiers: 10.1007/s10956-013-9463-7
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