Investigation of The Attitudes of The Students of Science Education and Physics Department Towards Astronomy in Terms of Some Variables

Mustafa Zafer BALBAĞ, Alaattin ERDEM

Abstract


This study aimed at examining science teaching and physics students’ attitudes towards astronomy based on certain variables (i.e. department, gender, academic achievement, type of high school graduated from). Survey model was used in the study, and accordingly, the “Astronomy Attitude Scale” developed by Zeilik et al. (1999) and adapted to Turkish by Bilici et al. (2012) was administered to students from two state universities (Department of Science Teaching at the Education Faculty of Eskisehir Osmangazi University, and Department of Physics at the Faculty of Arts and Science of Eskisehir Osmangazi and Anadolu Universities) to gather data. The Cronbach’s alpha internal consistency coefficient was .80 for the scale adapted to Turkish by Bilici et al. (2012). Sixty-eight of the students who participated in the study (64,8%) were female, and 37 (35.2%) were male, while 61 (58.1%) were students in science teaching and 44 (41.9%) were students in physics. The data gathered were analyzed by using SPSS, and the results showed that the students’ attitudes towards astronomy were positive in general.


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astronomy, science, physics, attitude, teacher candidate

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