This study was supported by a grant from Utah State Office of Education, Salt Lake City, Utah (1979–1980).
Science choices and preferences of middle and secondary school students in Utah†
Article first published online: 18 AUG 2006
Copyright © 1984 Wiley Periodicals, Inc., A Wiley Company
Journal of Research in Science Teaching
Volume 21, Issue 1, pages 47–54, January 1984
How to Cite
Baird, J. H., Lazarowitz, R. and Allman, V. (1984), Science choices and preferences of middle and secondary school students in Utah. J. Res. Sci. Teach., 21: 47–54. doi: 10.1002/tea.3660210106
- Issue published online: 18 AUG 2006
- Article first published online: 18 AUG 2006
- Manuscript Accepted: 12 APR 1983
This research sought to answer two questions: (1) What are Utah junior and senior high school students' preferences and choices regarding science subjects? (2) Could preferences and choices be related to the type of school, age or gender? Two thousand students from grades six through twelve participated in this study. Findings show that zoology and human anatomy and physiology were most preferred. Ecology was least prefered. Topics in the physical sciences were also low. There was a trend among girls to prefer natural sciences such as botany while boys tended to prefer the physical sciences. Generally, students' choices were limited to those subjects presently taught in the formal school curriculum. They appeared unaware of the many science related subjects outside the texts or the approved course of study.