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dc.contributor.authorMeeler, Vicki Lynne Watts
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-04T20:59:31Z
dc.date.available2014-03-04T20:59:31Z
dc.date.issued2012-12
dc.identifier.othermeeler_vicki_l_201212_phd
dc.identifier.urihttp://purl.galileo.usg.edu/uga_etd/meeler_vicki_l_201212_phd
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10724/28558
dc.description.abstractThis dissertation focuses on the prior science experiences of middle school students and its correlation with their attitudes toward the study of science. Through the use of electronic survey, data was collected on 617 middle school students ranging from grades 6-8 in one school in a small city in the Southeastern United States. This data included questions about prior science experiences, current attitudes toward science, and perceived levels of teacher support; gender, race, grade level, socioeconomic status, and gifted status data was also collected and later used for analysis to look for variation. Using data gathered during this survey, I have analyzed the findings and have related them back to the literature collected during the research process. This dissertation also involves the development of a survey instrument.
dc.languageeng
dc.publisheruga
dc.rightspublic
dc.subjectScience background
dc.subjectScience attitudes
dc.subjectMiddle school
dc.subjectGender
dc.subjectRace
dc.subjectSES
dc.subjectGiftedness
dc.titleMiddle school students' prior experiences and attitudes toward science
dc.title.alternativea quantitative study by gender, race, grade level, socioeconomic status, and giftedness
dc.typeDissertation
dc.description.degreePhD
dc.description.departmentEducational Psychology and Instructional Technology
dc.description.majorEducational Psychology
dc.description.advisorTarek Grantham
dc.description.committeeTarek Grantham
dc.description.committeeThomas Valentine
dc.description.committeeValija Rose
dc.description.committeeThomas Hebert


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