Students' perceptions of a relationship between young adult fiction and science literacy

Celiamarie Narro, University of Texas at El Paso

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to determine if there is a relationship between young adult fiction and middle school scientific literacy. Students participating in the study will complete pre and post science knowledge tests, self-efficacy surveys designed to investigate the student's perspective of his/her science knowledge levels prior to and upon reading completion of a science fiction book. The participating teacher will also complete similar surveys to determine his/her perceptions in relation to student's scientific inquiry and literacy levels. SPSS 12.0 for windows will be used to evaluate the data, performing the statistically significant method of Analysis of variance (ANOVA): simple repeated measures, measuring scores two or more times on a dependent variable. The statistical analysis of this study is to determine if a mean difference between the two populations exists and whether to accept or reject the null hypothesis H0: ^ H0: Introducing science fiction literature into a 8 th grades student's science curriculum will have no impact on the student's scientific literacy level.^ In rejecting the null hypothesis the data does demonstrate that there is An apparent relationship of possible significance between Young Adult Fiction and middle school scientific literacy, providing evidence for the need of additional research to be conducted. ^

Subject Area

Literature, Modern|Education, Sciences

Recommended Citation

Narro, Celiamarie, "Students' perceptions of a relationship between young adult fiction and science literacy" (2004). ETD Collection for University of Texas, El Paso. AAIEP10801.
http://digitalcommons.utep.edu/dissertations/AAIEP10801

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