Finland, a package deal : Disciplinary climate in science classes, science dispositions and science literacy

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Grabau , L J , Lavonen , J & Juuti , K 2021 , ' Finland, a package deal : Disciplinary climate in science classes, science dispositions and science literacy ' , Sustainability (Switzerland) , vol. 13 , no. 24 , 13857 . https://doi.org/10.3390/su132413857

Title: Finland, a package deal : Disciplinary climate in science classes, science dispositions and science literacy
Author: Grabau, Larry J.; Lavonen, Jari; Juuti, Kalle
Contributor organization: Faculty of Educational Sciences
Maker@STEAM
Department of Education
Date: 2021-12-01
Language: eng
Number of pages: 16
Belongs to series: Sustainability (Switzerland)
ISSN: 2071-1050
DOI: https://doi.org/10.3390/su132413857
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/338175
Abstract: Finland’s educational prowess, though tempered by recent international assessments, has remained intact. This report focused on lessons that could be learned regarding secondary-level science education from the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) 2015, sciencefocused assessment. That PISA iteration included not only science literacy but also students’ science dispositions (epistemology, enjoyment, interest, and self-efficacy) and the schools’ science climate measures (disciplinary climate and teaching support). Due to the hierarchical nature of the PISA data, multilevel models were employed in this Finnish study, involving 5582 students from 167 schools. Science dispositions (as outcome measures) were differently associated with teaching support and disciplinary climate (epistemology with neither; enjoyment and interest, with both). Science literacy (as an outcome measure) was associated with all four science dispositions, whether modeled with each science disposition separately or all four simultaneously. Science literacy was also associated with the disciplinary climate in science classes for all tested models. We concluded that, in the Finnish context, science dispositions and the disciplinary climate were predictive of science literacy. Furthermore, we presented evidence from the literature indicating that these conclusions may well extend to other international contexts.
Description: Publisher Copyright: © 2021 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.
Subject: Disciplinary climate
Enjoyment
Epistemology
Interest
School science climate
Science dispositions
Science literacy
Self-efficacy
1172 Environmental sciences
516 Educational sciences
Peer reviewed: Yes
Rights: cc_by
Usage restriction: openAccess
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