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Revista electrónica de investigación en educación en ciencias

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ALBUQUERQUE HEIDEMANN, Leonardo; SOLANO ARAUJO, Ives  and  ANGELA VEIT, Eliane. A theoretical and methodological framework for development of researches about attitudes: Theory of Planned Behavior of Icek Ajzen. Rev. electrón. investig. educ. cienc. [online]. 2012, vol.7, n.1, pp.22-31. ISSN 1850-6666.

A variety of research on Science Teaching that involve attitudes assessment have shown poor and/or confused results due to the lack of a consistent theoretical and methodological framework. The discrepancy in the signification given by researchers to the construct "attitude" has hampered the interpretation of the results and the establishment of relationships between the obtained conclusions. In this work, we defend the Theory of Planned Behavior (TPB), by Icek Ajzen, as an useful framework for researches that works on Science Teaching with attitudes measurements. According to TPB, attitudes, jointly with aspects related to the social pressure perceived, available infrastructure and individuals skills are predictors of their behavioral intentions related to a specific behavior. This theory is potentially useful to support researches to create instruments for the measurement of attitudes, and to help them to interpret the results and plan interventions programs that improve their chances to reach the respective objectives.

Keywords : Believes; Attitudes; Research methodology.

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