INFLUENCE OF CULTURE AND LANGUAGE SENSITIVE PHYSICS ON STUDENT ATTITUDE ENHANCEMENT
Philippine Normal University (PHILIPPINES)
About this paper:
Appears in: INTED2015 Proceedings
Publication year: 2015
Conference name: 9th International Technology, Education and Development Conference
Dates: 2-4 March, 2015
Location: Madrid, Spain
Abstract:The study critically explored how culture and language sensitive curriculum materials in physics improve Pangasinan learners’ attitude towards science. Their cultural preference or profile was established by determining their cultural dimensions, epistemological beliefs, and views on integration of culture and language in the teaching and learning process. Design and development of culture and language sensitive curriculum materials in physics were heavily influenced by these learners’ cultural preference or profile. Pilot-study using interviews and focus group discussions with natives of Pangasinan and document analysis were conducted to identify the culture, practices, and traditions integrated in the lesson development. Comparison of experimental participants’ pretest and posttest results on Science Attitude Measure showed significant statistical difference. Appraisal of science attitude enhancement favored the experimental group over the control group. Qualitative data deduced from post implementation interviews, focus group discussions, and journal log entries showed the same trend in favor of the experimental participants. The study revealed that culture and language integration in the teaching and learning process of physics concepts enabled students to develop positive attitude to science, their culture, and native language.
Keywords: Cultural profiling, culture sensitivity, Language sensitivity, Filipino learners, Science attitude.