Detection of science literacy in undergraduate students of a Department of Primary Education (Master thesis)

Σαργιώτη, Αικατερίνη

Scientific literacy is one of the most significant modern citizens’ competencies and it is nourished from the beginning of education, making teachers’ job of great importance. The purpose of this study is the designation of future primary school teachers’ science literacy. One hundred and eighty six students from the Department of Primary Education of the University of Ioannina participated in the study. The participants answered online two specifically constructed questionnaires. The first one aimed at collecting data about themselves, their family, their views and their attitudes towards natural sciences, still the other one included cognitive questions on natural sciences, which were collected from the international assessments PISA (Programme for the International Student Assessment) and TIMSS (Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study). The research data were organized in such a way that the participants were classified in levels of science literacy according to the standards of PISA assessment. The results confirmed that science literacy index is composed of five factors. Women and students with a theoretical background have higher values for the two of the factors, “activities” and “enjoyment of these activities in natural sciences”. Furthermore, the answers given to the cognitive questions are related to gender and students’ learning background (at high school). Men and students with a practical background have more right answers, whereas there is no statistically significant difference depending on socio-economic status. Finally, university students have a significant science literacy deficit in biology and physics questions compared to students who participated in the international assessments. The findings raise questions about readiness of the educational system to prepare both its students and its teachers, so as to respond to science and technology issues of modern society.
Institution and School/Department of submitter: Πανεπιστήμιο Ιωαννίνων. Σχολή Επιστημών Αγωγής. Παιδαγωγικό Τμήμα Δημοτικής Εκπαίδευσης
Subject classification: Ικανότητα ανάγνωσης και γραφής
Keywords: Επιστημονικός εγγραμματισμός,Φυσικές επιστήμες,PISA,TIMSS,Μελλοντικοί εκπαιδευτικοί,Science literacy,Natural sciences,Future teachers
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