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Natural science contests and competitiveness of pupils in primary school

Nejc Mesesnel (2017) Natural science contests and competitiveness of pupils in primary school. Diploma thesis.

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    Competition is something we cannot avoid in the modern world. We find it everywhere: between brothers and sisters at home, between co-workers in the company and between countries. We can see competition throughout the entire life of an individual, from birth to death. This is why understanding competition is important in order to understand many psychological processes. The purpose of this research was to study how natural science contests in primary school affect competitive behaviours of pupils that compete, compared to pupils that do not compete. The research was based on a descriptive, non-experimental method of empirical research, where we used an empirical quantitative approach. In this research, 32 primary school teachers from Slovenia participated. The study showed that some of the behaviours, which this study's sources designated as competitive behaviours - such as higher participation in competitive situations and higher frequency of hand raising in classroom, were more frequent in pupils that compete. The study also showed that some behaviour was more frequent in male pupils than female pupils, such as excitement in competitive situations. According to the research the level of competitive behaviour expression was higher in pupils that scored higher on natural science contests. With the results of this research I hope to contribute to a better understanding of competitiveness in primary school pupils.

    Item Type: Thesis (Diploma thesis)
    Keywords: primary school contests, pupils competitors, natural science
    Number of Pages: 29
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    izr. prof. dr. Mojca JuriševičMentor
    izr. prof. dr. Iztok DevetakComentor
    Link to COBISS: http://www.cobiss.si/scripts/cobiss?command=search&base=50126&select=(ID=11697481)
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 4655
    Date Deposited: 13 Sep 2017 09:16
    Last Modified: 13 Sep 2017 09:16
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/4655

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