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ERIC Number: EJ907331
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1449-6313
Selecting Science Subjects: Why Students Do, Why They Can't!
Venville, Grady; Oliver, Mary; Longnecker, Nancy; Rennie, Leonie
Teaching Science, v56 n3 p19-26 Sep 2010
This research used a survey and interviews to find out which science subjects 174 Year 10 students wanted to study in Year 11 and why. The results showed that the major reasons students wanted to study a particular science subject were because they were interested in the subject matter and because they felt they would achieve well in that subject. These students' Year 11 enrolment data indicated that far fewer students actually enrolled in each of the science subjects compared with those who said that they wanted to. Questions are raised about possible barriers to science enrolment including school policy relating to published school league tables. (Contains 2 tables and 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia