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Longitudinal Analysis PLUS
<b>Primary Level Science Education</b>
Primary Level Science Education
Project Leader    
Dr. Thilo Kleickmann  
Prof. Dr. Kornelia Möller  
Prof. Dr. Hans E. Fischer  
Project Collaborateur    
Anne Ewerhardy  
Katharina Fricke  
Kim Lange  
Annika Ohle  
Katharina Pollmeier  

Project periode: 10.2009-9.2011  
Grant reference: MO 942/3, FI 477/21
Background, Aims and Framework
Pupils’ perception of science education and development of motivational and self-centred variables in the transition from primary to secondary school (longitudinal study PLUS)  

At the end of their primary school education, pupils still show a high interest for physics-related issues, as well as positive self concepts in this regard. However, a considerable decline in their interest in physics and affected self-concept are well established for secondary school pupils.    
In addition, evidence suggests that the physics-related teaching in primary- and secondary school differ with regard to their focus on comprehension and student autonomy.  
Up to now, it is unclear how such changes in the physics-related teaching are perceived by pupils and how these perceptions impact the development of motivational- and self-related variables.  
• the development of pupils’ perceptions of physics instruction from primary to secondary school.  
• the relevance of the development of these perceptions for the development of motivational and self-related variables.  
How important is the pupils’ perception of physics instruction for the development of interests and self-related variables in the transition period from class 4 to 7?

Methods and Analysis

Of the 1.500 participating 4th graders, 350 should be followed up until 7th grade.  
• questionnaires on pupils’ perception in the areas of teaching for understanding, student orientation, classroom management  
• student questionnaire on  
  - physics-related interests  
  - self concept in physics  
  - self-efficacy in physics  
• student test on physical knowledge  
• Questionnaire for parents on the pupils’ socio-economic and educational background  
• Questionnaire for teachers  
  - course log  
  - conceptions of teaching and learning  
  - motivational orientation
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