Science achievement and students' self-confidence and interest in science: A Taiwanese representative sample study

C. Y. Chang Chun-Yen, Wei Ying Cheng

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Abstract

The interrelationship between senior high school students' science achievement (SA) and their self-confidence and interest in science (SCIS) was explored with a representative sample of approximately 1,044 11th-grade students from 30 classes attending four high schools throughout Taiwan. Statistical analyses indicated that a statistically significant correlation existed between students' SA and their SCIS with a moderate effect size; the correlation is even higher with almost large effect sizes for a subsample of higher-SCIS and lower-SCIS students. Results of t-test analysis also revealed that there were significant mean differences in students' SA and their knowledge (including physics, chemistry, biology, and earth sciences subscales) and reasoning skill subtests scores between higher-SCIS and lower-SCIS students, with generally large effect sizes. Stepwise regression analyses on higher-SCIS and lower-SCIS students also suggested that both students' SCIS subscales significantly explain the variance of their SA, knowledge, and reasoning ability with large effect sizes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1183-1200
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Journal of Science Education
Volume30
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Jul 2

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  • Education

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