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CROSS-CULTURAL COMPARISON OF PERCEPTIONS ON THE GLOBAL SCIENTIFIC LITERACY WITH AUSTRALIAN, CHINESE, AND KOREAN MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS
- CROSS-CULTURAL COMPARISON OF PERCEPTIONS ON THE GLOBAL SCIENTIFIC LITERACY WITH AUSTRALIAN, CHINESE, AND KOREAN MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS
- Mun, Kongju; Lee, Hyunju; Kim, Sung-Won; Choi, Kyunghee; Choi, Sung-Youn; Krajcik, Joseph S.
- Ewha Authors
- 김성원; 최경희; 이현주; Joseph Krajcik
- SCOPUS Author ID
- 김성원; 최경희; 이현주
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- Journal Title
- INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS EDUCATION
- 1571-0068; 1573-1774
- vol. 13, no. 2, pp. S437 - S465
- character and values; citizenship education; cross-cultural; habits of mind; meta-cognition and self-direction; science as human endeavor; scientific literacy
- SSCI; SCOPUS
- In this study, we explored the extent to which Australian, Chinese, and Korean middle school students perceived themselves to have scientific literacy as global citizens and attempted to identify differences and/or commonalities in their perceptions. A total of 655 middle school students (8th and 9th grades; 358 girls and 297 boys) from the three countries participated in the study. We used Global Scientific Literacy Questionnaires (GSLQ) as a survey instrument to assess the students' perceptions. The GSLQ was developed based on a conceptual framework of Scientific Literacy suggested by Choi, Kim, Lee, Mun, Choi, Krajcik & Shin (2011) and Choi, Lee, Shin, Kim & Krajcik (Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 48(6), 670-697, 2011) for citizenship education in the 21st century. The results indicated that most of the students from the three countries showed a tendency toward higher scores for Science as human endeavor; the lowest scores were in Meta-cognition and self-direction. A pattern of gender difference was also examined among the three countries. We suggest future research questions based on a cross-cultural perspective in order to explore the reasons for the existence of these similarities and differences.
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