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Are you SLiM? Developing an instrument for civic scientific literacy measurement (SLiM) based on media coverage
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Mathematics and Science Education.
Karlstads universitet. (SMEER)
National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei.
National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei.
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2012 (English)In: Public Understanding of Science, ISSN 0963-6625, E-ISSN 1361-6609, Vol. 21, no 6, 759-773 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this study is to develop an instrument to assess civic scientific literacy in media (SLiM). A total of 50 multiple-choice items were developed based on the 95 most common scientific terms appearing in media covering the subjects of biology (45.26%, 22 items), earth science (37.90%, 19 items), physics (11.58%, 6 items) and chemistry (5.26%, 3 items) in Taiwan. A total of 1034 students from three distinct groups (7th graders, 10th graders and undergraduates) were invited to participate in this study. The reliability of this instrument was 0.86 (KR20). The average difficulty of the SLiM ranged from 0.19 to 0.91, and the discrimination power is 0.1 to 0.59. According to participants’ performances on SLiM, it was revealed that 10th graders (Mean = 37.3±4.2) performed better than undergraduates (Mean = 33.0±5.5) and 7th graders (Mean = 26.7±8.3) with significant differences (p< .05).

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2012. Vol. 21, no 6, 759-773 p.
Keyword [en]
Media; Science education, Term extraction
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Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-78624DOI: 10.1177/0963662510377562OAI: diva2:542043
Available from: 2012-07-28 Created: 2012-07-28 Last updated: 2012-08-02Bibliographically approved

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