Comparison between Student Learning Outcomes in Higher Elementary School Science with an STS Modules and Typical Textbooks

17 Pages Posted: 30 Aug 2010

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Marwan M. A. Abualrob

Arab American University (AAUJ) - Department of Education

Esther Daniel

University of Malaya - Medical Education Research & Development Unit, Faculty of Medicine

Date Written: August 29, 2010

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to determine whether science, technology, and society modules (STS modules) enhances student attitudes towards science and their achievement. The study involved 8 teachers and 315 students in 8 grade nine classes in Palestine. This study adopted a quasi-experimental methodology, in which eight intact classes of science were utilized. Four were treatment groups, in which the students were taught using the STS teaching learning modules and the students in the other 4 classes are (control group) were taught using atypical textbook. The dependent variables are gender, places (urban and rural) and teaching materials. The major findings indicated that students who are taught using STS teaching learning materials (Modules) scored higher than the control groups in an achievement test and an attitudes scale survey. Females showed higher achievement scores compared to males; however, there were no significant differences between female and male students in their attitudes towards science. It is concluded that there, are no significant differences in the students’ attitudes in relation to their geographical belongings.

Keywords: Science, technology, and Society (STS) and Module

Suggested Citation

Abualrob, Marwan M. A. and Daniel, Esther, Comparison between Student Learning Outcomes in Higher Elementary School Science with an STS Modules and Typical Textbooks (August 29, 2010). OIDA International Journal of Sustainable Development, Vol. 1, No. 4, pp. 87-103, 2010, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1668167

Marwan M. A. Abualrob (Contact Author)

Arab American University (AAUJ) - Department of Education ( email )

Jenin-Palestine
Jenin, West-Bank 00972
Palestine

Esther Daniel

University of Malaya - Medical Education Research & Development Unit, Faculty of Medicine ( email )

Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan 50603
University of Malaya (UM)
Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan 50603
Malaysia

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