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Global Educational Journal of Science and Technology

Vol. 2(1) Pp. 111-117

Full Length Research Paper 

Science center and attitude 

Saeed Daneshamooz, Hassan Alamolhodaei, Saeed Darvishian and Soniya Daneshamooz 

1School of Mathematical Sciences, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Hassan Alamolhodaei, Iran. 2Islamic Azad University, Neyshabur Branch, Soniya Daneshamooz, Iran.

3Imam Reza International University of Mashhad, Iran.

Accepted 17 September, 2014 

The project team gathered data with the assistance of Recreational and Cultural Organization of Mashhad Municipality, Organization of Mashhad Municipality and Science and Astronomy Science Center of Mashhad Municipality, Khorasan Razavi, Islamic Republic of Iran. This paper discusses the effect of science center on attitude of students who visit it. Previous research identified key variables that are fundamental to free-choice science learning. The samples consist of 1002 students of grades 9, 10 and 11 studying in high schools. Before and after the students visited the science center, they filled a questionnaire about their attitude toward science. Results showed that visiting the science center improved the students' attitude towards science. Based on the criterion of attitude growth and gender difference, male’s attitude was improved more than female’s. Moreover, there were significant differences between students in grade 11, 10 and 9. In addition, Univariate analysis of variance (ANOVA) indicated that the grade and gender difference had significant effect on criterion of attitude growth. 

Key words: Attitude toward science, gender difference, science center.