Year 2019, Volume 6 , Issue 3, Pages 461 - 475 2019-10-15

Measuring Nature of Science Views of Middle School Students

Yalçın Yalaki [1] , Nuri Doğan [2] , Serhat İrez [3] , Nihal Doğan [4] , Gültekin Çakmakçı [5] , Başak Erdem Kara [6]


Developing scientific literacy for all students is the most often stated purpose of contemporary science education. Nature of science (NOS) is seen as an important component of scientific literacy. There are various perceptions of NOS in the science education community and NOS itself is an ever-changing construct. This makes it challenging to develop instruments for measuring understanding of NOS at different levels. Many instruments have been developed and are being developed to assess NOS learning, which indicates the importance attributed to this subject. In this study, we developed a multiple-choice test to measure NOS understanding of middle school students. The instrument was applied to 1397 middle school students. The 24 item multiple-choice test had KR-20 reliability coefficient of 0.74. A 12 item multiple-choice test created as a subset of the 24 items of the original test. This test was easier and had higher discrimination, which can provide useful measurement data about students’ understanding of NOS for diagnostic or formative purposes.
Nature of science, middle school, assessment, multiple choice
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Primary Language en
Subjects Education, Scientific Disciplines
Published Date September
Journal Section Articles
Authors

Orcid: 0000-0003-0939-4766
Author: Yalçın Yalaki (Primary Author)
Institution: Hacettepe University
Country: Turkey


Orcid: 0000-0001-6274-2016
Author: Nuri Doğan
Institution: Hacettepe University
Country: Turkey


Orcid: 0000-0003-3294-4666
Author: Serhat İrez
Institution: Marmara University
Country: Turkey


Author: Nihal Doğan
Institution: Bolu Abant İzzet Baysal Üniversitesi
Country: Turkey


Author: Gültekin Çakmakçı
Institution: Hacettepe University
Country: Turkey


Orcid: 0000-0003-3066-2892
Author: Başak Erdem Kara
Institution: Hacettepe University
Country: Turkey


Supporting Institution TUBITAK
Project Number 111K517
Dates

Publication Date : October 15, 2019

APA Yalaki, Y , Doğan, N , İrez, S , Doğan, N , Çakmakçı, G , Erdem Kara, B . (2019). Measuring Nature of Science Views of Middle School Students. International Journal of Assessment Tools in Education , 6 (3) , 461-475 . DOI: 10.21449/ijate.561154