The relationship between primary school teacher and student attitudes towards science and technology
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SourceEducation Research International, 2015, (2015), article 534690
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Radboud Docenten Academie
SW OZ BSI OLO
SW OW PWO [owi]
Education Research International
SubjectCultivating Creativity in Education; Learning and Plasticity
This study focuses on the effects of teachers' attitudes towards teaching about science and technology on student attitudes towards science and technology. A one-year longitudinal study involving 91 teachers and 1822 students from the higher years of Dutch primary schools showed that students develop less positive attitudes towards science and technology during their primary school years and that girls showed less positive attitudes than boys. Female teachers showed less positive attitudes towards teaching about science and technology than male teachers. Girls appeared to be susceptible of their teacher's attitudes and especially developed less positive attitudes when their female teacher showed less enthusiasm for teaching science and technology. Implications for teacher education and teacher recruitment are discussed.
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