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Factors Affecting Junior High School Students ’ Interest in



ABSTRACT Our study, conducted as part of the ROSE Project, on students ' interest in biology at the end of their compulsory schooling in Israel, and its relation to their views on science classes, out-of-school experiences in biology, and attitudes to science and technology, showed that their overall interest in learn-ing biology was relatively positive but not high; girls showed greater interest in it than boys. Students' interest in learning biology correlated closely with their negative opinions of science classes. These find-ings raise critical questions about the implementation of changes in the Israeli science curriculum in pri-mary and junior high school, if the goal is to prepare the rising generation for life in a scientific-tech-nological era. From deeper analysis of the results curricular, behavioral, and organizational changes needed to reach this goal were formulated. KEY WORDS: Interest, junior high biology school students, biology

Year: 2009
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