A Multidimensional Statistical Analysis of Students’ Attitudes toward Physics: The Case of 11th Grade Students of First-generation Immigrants in Greece

By Sofia D. Anastasiadou, Lazaros Anastasiadis, Theoxaris Angeletos and Ioannis Vandikas.

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Students’ attitudes toward science have a strong impact on their achievement in science. Therefore, identification and influence of attitudes has become an essential part of educational research. This study analyses students’ attitudes toward physics. One hundred and sixty seven 11th grade students’ of first-generation immigrants in Greece took part in the research. A validated questionnaire measuring attitudes toward physics was administered to 91 male and 76 female students from four different regions in Western Macedonia, Greece, in the academic year 2008-09. In addition the study explores students’ gender in relation to the attitudes toward the subject. The methods used for the analysis of data were the implicative statistical analysis and the principal components analysis. One of the findings of the study is that students’ attitude toward physics is strongly affected by teacher identity (personality). This can be taken as a hint for future research. Implications concerning teacher diversity education are also discussed.

Keywords: Students, First-generation Immigrants, Physics, Attitudes

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 10, Issue 1, pp.341-356. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 842.216KB).

Dr. Sofia D. Anastasiadou

Assistant Professor, Department of Preeschool Education, University of Western Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece

Sofia Anastasiadou holds a BSc from the Department of Mathematics of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece, a Master degree in Mathematics Education from Surrey University of Kingston in Great Bretagne. She has obtained her Ph.D in Multidimetional Statistical Analysis at the Macedonia University of Thessaloniki in Greece. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Applied Statistics and Educational Research in the Department of Preschool Education at the University of Western Macedonia in Greece. Apart form Statistics and Mathematics Education in Primary, Secondary and Higher Education her research interests are also focused in the Analysis and Interpretation of Multivariate Data for Social Science. Sofia Anastasiadou has published more than 120 papers in Greek, European and International Scientific Journals.

Lazaros Anastasiadis

Electronic Enginear, Thessaloniki, Greece

Prof. Theoxaris Angeletos

Physics Department, National and Kapodidtrian University of Athens, Athens, Greece

He holds a Bsc form the Physics Department department of Physics National and Kapodidtrian University of Athens in the direction of Solid Sate Physics. He also holds a degree in Music (Harmony. His research interests are focused in Solid State Physics, Physics of Atoms & Molecules,Quantum Optics & Lasers, X-rays studies of materials, Characterization a Insulating Crystals-Point Defects in Solids and Properties of Imperfections in Semiconducting, Insulating Crystals-Point Defects in Solids, Spectroscopic methods in Solid State Physics and Infrared Spectroscopy, Dielectric Spectroscopy-TSDC, Structural studies of High Tc -temperature Superconductors, Electrical and Opticoelectrical Properties οf Semiconductors, nanostructure physics, Thermodynamical, Electromagnetical,Physics applications in other displines e.g. Medicine, Didactics of Physics, Teaching methodologies in Physics, Technology Applications in Sciences etc.

Ioannis Vandikas

Assistant Professor, Kozani, Greece

Ioannis Vandikas has a Masters Degree in Mechatronics from UPC-Barcelona Tech University.Currently, he holds the position of Assistant Professor at the Technological and Educational Institution of Western Macedonia. His research interests include sensor networks and machine-to-machine communications.


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