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Science teaching and learning activities and students' engagement in science

Hampden-Thompson, Gillian; Bennet, Judith


Judith Bennet


The purpose of this analysis is to describe the variation in students' reports of engagement in science across science teaching and learning activities. In addition, this study examines student and school characteristics that may be associated with students' levels of engagement in science. Data are drawn from the Programme for International Student Assessment 2006 study. The analysis employs a quantitative approach that includes descriptive and inferential statistics to examine three measures of student engagement for a nationally representative sample of approximately 12,000 15-year-old students in the UK. The main results indicate that there is an association between students' motivation towards science, enjoyment of science and future orientation towards science, and the frequency in which various teaching and learning activities take place in the classroom. Understanding student engagement in science and the factors that influence it is essential in addressing the issue of uptake of science after compulsory schooling.


Hampden-Thompson, G., & Bennet, J. (2013). Science teaching and learning activities and students' engagement in science. International Journal of Science Education, 35, 1325--1343.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2013
Deposit Date Sep 11, 2023
Journal International Journal of Science Education
Print ISSN 0950-0693
Publisher Taylor and Francis Group
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 35
Pages 1325--1343
Keywords Engagement, Teaching and Learning Activities, PISA
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