Year: 2022 | Month: August | Volume 13 | Issue 2

Secondary Science Students’ Attitude Towards Biology in a Higher Secondary School in Punakha Dzongkhag

Khenrab Jamphel Kinley
DOI:10.30954/2230-7311.2.2022.3

Abstract:

Identification of students’ attitude towards learning and to the subject is essential part of educational research. The main aim of the study was focused on exploring students’ level of attitude towards Biology and to find out factors which influence students’ attitude towards Biology. To conduct this research, the convergent parallel mixed method approach was employed. For this study, a total of two research instruments such as survey questionnaire and interview were used for 170 student participants and 3 Biology teachers. The Principal Component Analysis (PCA) was used to reduce the item’s data to different factors, and the average of each factor items were used in statistical analyses. The significant difference in students’ attitude towards Biology based on gender and grades was calculated using independent t-test and ANOVA. Similarly, the qualitative data collected through interview section were transcribed and coded. The thematic analysis was used to generate themes from the data and were triangulated with quantitative findings further augmented with literatures. The result from this study revealed that, the students’ grade level have significant influence over students’ attitude towards Biology. In all the three components, the higher grades demonstrated more favorable attitude as compared to the lower grades. With regard to gender it was found that both the genders have same attitude level to all the components except for subject preference where female shows more preference towards Biology. Females are more align than the males to Biology compared to Physics and Chemistry. The general attitude of the students was found to be at high and positive level. As positive attitude is necessary for the students, therefore, there is a need to enhance the positive attitude by teachers, parents, and any other relevant education stakeholders. Biology teachers should use more of the practical based lesson so as to make concept understandable to all students irrespective of their difference.





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