Correlates of intellectual risk taking in elementary school science

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Abstract

This study had the goal of exploring factors associated with elementary students' (N = 585) reports of intellectual risk taking in science. Intellectual risk taking (IRT) was defined as engaging in adaptive learning behaviors (sharing tentative ideas, asking questions, attempting to do and learn new things) that placed the learner at risk of making mistakes or appearing less competent than others. Results of hierarchical regression indicate that students' reports of IRT declined by grade-level, but were positively related to interest in science, creative self-efficacy, and perceptions of teacher support. Of all the factors considered, interest in science was found to have the strongest unique and positive relationship with students' reports of intellectual risk taking in science.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)210-223
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Research in Science Teaching
Volume46
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2009
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Attitudes
  • Elementary
  • General science
  • Student beliefs
  • Values

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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