Student Attitudes toward Science: The Case of Thai Upper Secondary School Non-science Students

By Chaninan Pruekpramool, Nason Phonphok, Orvil L. White and Kusalin Musikul.

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Generally, non-science students are students who have selected and focused on other subjects excluding science for example art, language, music, and mathematics. Whether the non-science students like or dislike science, they are still required to enroll in science courses in the upper secondary school. The purpose of this study was to investigate the attitudes toward science of non-science students. The participants were 250 upper secondary school non-science students in the vicinity of and including the Bangkok Metropolitan Area, Thailand. The questionnaire used in this study was developed by the researchers for collecting both quantitative and qualitative data. The quantitative data were analyzed by using the criterion reference method considering the mean values of the data. The participants’ written responses were coded and analyzed qualitatively. The results found that only nine students like science subjects the most from the eight different learning areas (Thai Language, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies Religion and Culture, Health and Physical Education, Arts, Occupations and Technology, and Foreign Languages). On the other hand, over 150 students arranged science subjects in numbers five to eight of the eight areas. Moreover, the science curricula they learned seemed difficult and have had an impact on their grades in science. The results revealed how non-science students think about science and this information will be useful for developing a suitable science curriculum for these students in the further research.

Keywords: Student Attitudes toward Science, Non-science Students

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 18, Issue 1, pp.289-302. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 834.688KB).

Dr. Chaninan Pruekpramool

EdD Candidate, Science Education, Science Education Center, Srinakharinwirot University and Thailand Center of Excellence in Physics, Bangkok, CHE, Thailand

Chaninan is a doctoral student at the Science Education Center, Srinakharinwirot University, Bangkok, Thailand. She received a scholarship from the Institute for the Promotion of Teaching Science and Technology, Bangkok, Thailand to study science education. During her study, she attended the State University of New York at Cortland as a visiting scholar for one year. Her dissertation topic is about science curriculum development by using an interdisciplinary curriculum and an integrated teaching approach.

Dr. Nason Phonphok

Director, Science Education Center, Srinakharinwirot University and Thailand Center of Excellence in Physics, Bangkok, CHE, Thailand

Science Education Center, Srinakharinwirot University and Thailand Center of Excellence in Physics, (ThEP), Thailand

Dr. Orvil L. White

Assistant Professor, Assistant professor; Childhood/Early Childhood Education Department, State University of New York College at Cortland, Cortland, New York, USA

State University of New York College at Cortland, New York, USA.

Dr. Kusalin Musikul

Academic Staff, Department of Primary Science, Institute for the Promotion of Teaching Science and Technology (IPST), Bangkok, Thailand

Institute for the Promotion of Teaching Science and Technology (IPST), Thailand.

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