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The Attitudes of Nigerian Secondary School Teachers and Students towards Environmental Pollution (Published)

The research was carried out to investigate Nigerian Secondary School Teachers and Students’ attitude towards environmental pollution. It also examined Nigerian teachers and students’ attitude towards environmental pollution, considering their gender and location. The research adopted descriptive research of the survey type. The population was made up of all Nigerian Secondary School Teachers and Students. The sample for the study comprised 720 teachers and 1440 students selected through a multistage sampling procedure. Two self-constructed Questionnaires was used to generate data for the study. One for the Teachers is Questionnaire on Teachers Attitude towards environmental pollution (QTAEP) and Questionnaire on Students Attitude towards environmental pollution (QSAEP). It was made up of two sections – Section A which consist the biodata of teacher and students such as Name, Location and Gender. Section B was made up of items to elicit information about their attitudes toward environmental pollution. The instrument’s validity was ascertained by giving it to experts in Biology Education, who are examiners for the West African Examination Council (WAEC) and National Examination Council (NECO) for face and content validity. Their suggestions and corrections were effected. The reliability of the instrument was determined by using Cronbash Alpha Formula. The reliability coefficient of 0.66 and 0.81 was obtained. The data collected were analysed using descriptive and inferential statistics. It was established from the finding that both teachers and students had a positive attitude towards environmental pollution. It was confirmed from the findings that gender and location had a significant influence on both teachers and students’ attitude toward environmental pollution. Considering the finding from this study, it was recommended that the content of environmental pollution in secondary schools should be more comprehensive. Also, environmental pollution awareness programs should be organised for both teachers and students to enhance their knowledge about environmental pollution and invariably influence their attitude.

Keywords: Attitudes, Environmental Pollution, Science Education, Teachers, science students

Students’ Attitudes about Giving and Receiving Peer Review in L2 Writing Classes (Published)

This study aimed at investigating the attitudes of a Tunisian cohort of students toward peer review. A mixed methods research was adopted to elicit students’ views. Data collection instruments included two questionnaires and semi-structured interviews. The pre-study questionnaire results showed that students were very doubtful of the effectiveness of this pedagogical practice. They were mostly concerned about their peers’ ability to provide valid feedback. A few students were equally adamant regarding the distribution of roles in the class and perceived their teacher as the most adequate person to assume that responsibility. The post questionnaire results, however, showed a swing in attitudes in favor of peer review. Interestingly, 85% of the participants reported more positive attitudes. It has been found that the systemic training helped to raise students’ awareness about the potential benefits of peer review. Similarly, the repeated practice has had a positive effect in enhancing students’ trust in their peers’ review. In accordance with the growingly positive attitudes, the study reported several benefits of peer review. The flexibility and convenience of the practice helped learners work actively and collaboratively to achieve shared aims. It also helped them to overcome the feelings of fear and apprehension about writing. The students equally confirmed gaining a better awareness about process writing and audience expectations. The received peer review was found to be very detailed and catered to specific learners’ needs.

Keywords: Attitudes, L2 writing, Receiver, giver, peer review

Parents’ Attitudes towards Arabic Studies at University Level: Case Study of Department of Arabic, Yobe State University, Damaturu (Published)

The study investigated Parents’ attitudes towards Arabic Studies at University Level Case Study of Department of Arabic, Yobe State University, Damaturu. The Study became necessary due to the fact that despite the significance of Arabic Studies at the University level still the number of candidates applying to read B.A Arabic Programme is very low compared to other Fields. Most of those candidates were not given the desired encouragement by some Parents and Guardians to study the course at the University level because they consider the course as “UNPROFESSIONAL”. According to some Parents and Guardians if their children specialized in the field they may not get white collar jobs after graduation. In the procedure of investigation, thirty (30) items were presented in the sets of questionnaire to Parents and Guardians. Stratified random sampling was used as tool for data collection. This sample is from Parents and Guardians residing in the three selected Local Government Councils of the three senatorial zones of Yobe State. One thousand (1000) questionnaire were distributed. Three hundred and fifty questionnaire were received out of which one hundred (100) responses were randomly selected. The percentage technique of data analysis was used to analyse the data and the final results were presented in tables. The findings revealed that most Parents and Guardians have negative attitude towards allowing their children study B.A Arabic at University level due to fear of inability to secure white collar jobs after University graduation.


Citation: Muhammad Alhaji Maidugu (2021) Parents’ Attitudes towards Arabic Studies at University Level: Case Study of Department of Arabic, Yobe State University, Damaturu, Global Journal of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Vol.9, No.8, pp.11-22

Keywords: Arabic, Attitudes, Education, Parents, State, University, Yobe, department of Arabic

The ‘vehicle’ of deixis in Trump’s tweets: does it hold the load? (Published)

Politicians, through political discourse, filter messages laden with ideologies and political agendas. The fact that this discourse type portrays political thinking through deploying different strategies of communication renders the current paper’s main foci manifold. For instance, it studies tweets of the US President Donald Trump in the year 2019. The tool adopted in this small-scale study is deixis precisely the pronominal system (I, you, we and they). The latter helps uncover cognitive mechanisms, ideological drives, attitudes etc, in the president’s discourse. These objectives are approached through both quantitative and qualitative analyses, while implementing van Dijk’s socio-cognitive approach’s discourse stage of analysis [1995]. Interestingly, results show that the highest frequency of occurrence is linked to the first pronoun singular ‘I’, the pronouns ‘we’ and ‘you’ are rated second. The last one in the list is the pronoun ‘they’. Results also show that the writer relates ‘non-ego’ to his ego in Rauh’s words [1983]. Moreover, the pronoun ‘we’ has been used both inclusively and exclusively depending on the president’s agenda and aims. The pronoun ‘you’ has been proven to have ‘a dual use as in the previous case. As for the pronoun ‘they’ it has been used to talk not only about those in the periphery zone but also about those who are appreciated.

Keywords: Attitudes, Discourse, Political, ideological, pronominal, socio-cognitive

Investigation into Secondary School Students Attitude to Science in North Central, Nigeria (Published)

This study is an investigation into the attitudes secondary school students towards Science in the North Central Geo-political Zone, Nigeria. In this study, One thousand, six hundred and sixty three (1,663) students consisting of 963 Males and 700 Females, 900 Christians and 763 Moslems were selected from 6 states in the North Central Geopolitical Zone. A stratified random sampling method was adopted in arriving at the sample. The researchers through this method ensured that both urban and rural schools were represented, as well as single sex and co-educational schools to take care of the gender variable. The study was guided    by a research question and hypothesis and the findings showed that 84.25% of the students has a positive attitude towards science and that gender has no influence on students’ attitude towards science in the north central, geopolitical Zone, Nigeria. The educational implications based on the findings were discussed and a number of recommendations were presented.

Keywords: Attitudes, Science, secondary school students

Investigation into Secondary School Students Attitude to Science in North Central, Nigeria (Published)

This study is an investigation into the attitudes secondary school students towards Science in the North Central Geo-political Zone, Nigeria. In this study, One thousand, six hundred and sixty three (1,663) students consisting of 963 Males and 700 Females, 900 Christians and 763 Moslems were selected from 6 states in the North Central Geopolitical Zone. A stratified random sampling method was adopted in arriving at the sample. The researchers through this method ensured that both urban and rural schools were represented, as well as single sex and co-educational schools to take care of the gender variable. The study was guided by a research question and hypothesis and the findings showed that 84.25% of the students has a positive attitude towards science and that gender has no influence on students’ attitude towards science in the north central, geopolitical Zone, Nigeria. The educational implications based on the findings were discussed and a number of recommendations were presented.

Keywords: Attitudes, Science, secondary school students

The Attitudes of Undergraduate Students towards Using E-exams for Assessment in Jordan (Published)

The present study aimed to explore the attitudes of undergraduate students towards using e-exams for assessment in Jordan. It also aimed to identify the challenges facing Jordanian universities in using e-exams for assessment. The researcher designed a questionnaire. A purposive sample was selected from the University of Jordan. It consists from (93) undergraduate students who were selected from two sections of the (national education) course at the University of Jordan. Questionnaire forms were distributed to the sample members by hand. All the forms were retrieved. However, (87) forms are considered valid for statistical analysis.  The response rate is (100% Percentages), standard deviations and means are calculated. It was found that respondents have positive attitudes towards using e-exams for assessment in Jordan. It was found that the severity of the challenges facing Jordanian universities in using e-exams for assessment is high. It was found that e-exam makes students feel less stressed than the paper-based exam.

Keywords: Attitudes, Jordan, Students, Undergraduate, e-exams

Influence of Home Background on Nigerian Students’ Academic Achievement in O’ Level English (Published)

This work investigated the influence of students’ home background on their academic achievement in O’ Level English in Nigeria, using Oyo State secondary schools as a case study. In the selection of the respondents, multistage sampling approach was adopted. Stratified sampling technique was used to select four schools. Purposive sampling technique was used to select students on the basis of home background. Only students from illiterate homes were selected from the public schools while only students from literate homes were selected from private schools. Two private and two public schools were selected from each of the zones making a total of ten private and ten public schools in all. Random sampling technique was used to select twenty students from each of the twenty selected schools, making a total of four hundred respondents in all. Three research hypotheses were raised. Questionnaire was used to gather information on the availability of materials on English language on the basis of home background. It was also used to gather information on students’ attitudes to English language on the basis of home background. Fifty multiple test items were used to test students’ level of achievement in English language based on home background. Chi-square was used to analyse all the hypotheses set. The findings showed that there was a significant difference in the availability of reading materials on English; there was a significant difference in the attitudes of students to English and there was a significant difference in students’ achievement in O’ Level English on the basis of home background. Recommendations were made to the stakeholders. 

Keywords: Achievement, Attitudes, O Level English, home background

Investigating EFL Student Teachers’ Learning Performance, Attitudes and Peer Interaction in Flipped Classroom (Published)

This mixed–method research design examined the influence of Flipped Classroom Intervention (FCI) on the learning performance of pre-service EFL female teachers, along with their related attitudes and peer interaction. The study sample consisted of thirty-eight pre-service EFL females in Saudi Arabia. The research design was a one-group pre-posttest, with data collected by means of twenty items gathered pre- and post-test to measure learning performance. In addition, the attitudes and peer interaction of the participants were explored through the use of two Likert-scale questionnaires and their reflections were examined by means of semi-structured focus-group interviews. The results of the paired-samples t-test revealed a statistically significant improvement in participants’ learning performance (t=-7.459, p<.0005) in favor of the post-test. The results also revealed that the participants held positive attitudes towards FCI for all items within the three dimensions, giving highly confident responses regarding their views on peer interaction during FCI. Similarly, the findings of the semi-structured focus-group interviews revealed that FCI proved effective in raising the levels of: (1) the teacher’s performance; (2) the classroom environment; (3) teamwork; and (4) the students’ learning skills.

Keywords: Attitudes, Flipped classroom, Pre-Service EFL Teachers, learning performance, peer-interaction

Current Attitudes of Jordanian Associated Nursing and Midwifery Students towards Their Future Professions (Published)

Background and Objective: Students’ attitudes influence their future career path selection which is of a significant interest to educators and professional agencies the objective of this study is to explore the attitudes of associated nursing and midwifery students towards their professions in Al-Balqa Applied University in the Northern District Colleges. Methods: The study researchers followed the style of analytical descriptive which provides accurate results, given that the study sample was derived from the community itself. A Five-point Likert Scale was used ( Strongly agree-five points / agree-four points / do not know-three points / disagree-two points / strongly disagree-one point). The eligible questionnaires for the analysis were 232. Thus, the overall response rate was 92.8%. Results: two third (69.4%) of students were from  Nusaiba college. All of them are midwifery students, whereas the lowest percentage (7.8%) of participants was from Ajloun College. The number of midwives students (176, 75, 9%), while the number of associated nursing students was (56, 24.1%). Nearly half of the participants (49.6%) were in the first year of academic level, while reached a percentage of   (21.1%) for third year academic level. More than half of the participants’ (56.5%) academic achievement was good, while lowest percentage (9.0%) was for accepted. Nearly two-thirds (65.9%) have relatives in the nursing profession, while (34.1%) have no relatives in the nursing profession. Finally, (69.4%) practiced in the clinical area, while (30.6%) of participants did not practice in the clinical area. No statically significant differences for students attitudes towards the profession, students attitudes towards personal attributes and students attitudes towards the profession, but there is a statistically significant difference at the level of significance (𝛼≤0.05) for all domains and the domain as a whole according to the clinical practice. Conclusion: The majority of Jordanian students had a positive attitude towards their professions in nursing and midwifery.  Jordan Ministry of Health, university educators and nursing regulatory bodies (JNC and JNMC) should develop nursing education programs, promote nursing strategies (guidance and counseling) and provide financial stability to promote these attitudes toward these professions.

Keywords: Associated Nursing, Attitudes, Midwifery, The Nursing Profession

Attitudes of Almajmaah University Undergraduate Nursing Students toward Older People’s Care (Published)

The aim of this study was to investigate attitudes of Saudi Arabia nursing students towards care for older people and, their intention and willingness to provide care for this population in the future. Nursing students at a Saudi Arabian university were sampled for the study. A cross section of the students (n = 250) completed the modified Kogan’s ‘Attitudes towards Older People Scale’ (1960) and data was analysed using SPSS (v.20). Findings indicate that nursing students have positive attitudes towards older people and that these positive attitudes are influenced by the Saudi socio-cultural context that promotes extended family structure with one or more older persons in most family units. Despite these positive attitudes, Saudi nursing students are unwilling to choose professional care of older people as a career path. Since this reluctance could be influenced by the dearth of educational content that improve students’ knowledge about the care needs of older people, the study recommends the establishment of educational programmes within nursing curriculum that promote a better understanding of older people’s care needs and thus enhance the value of caring for older people professionally.

Keywords: : Older People, Attitudes, Nursing, Saudi Arabia

English Prospective Teachers’ Attitudes towards the Profession of Teaching: An Explorative Study in Yemen (Published)

This study attempts to obtain empirical evidence on pre-service student-teachers’ attitudes towards the teaching profession in the faculties of Education at Hodeidah University, Yemen. Also, it investigates the effect of the participants’ gender, place of study and their selection of English as a major on their attitudes. 300 fourth-year student-teachers, undergoing B.Ed. courses in the English Departments of the different Faculties of Education affiliated to Hodeidah University, are surveyed. The Attitude Scale Towards Teaching Profession is used to identify the participants’ attitudes. To analyze data, mean, standard deviation, t-test and Pearson correlation are calculated. The results indicate that the participants tend to hold fairly positive attitudes towards the teaching profession, their attitudes are affected by their gender and place of study while there is no correlation found between the students’ attitudes and their selection of English as a major. Some recommendations are made in order to enhance these attitudes .  

Keywords: Attitudes, Faculties of Education, Profession, Prospective, Student Teachers

Using Explicit Pronunciation Instructions to Develop Students’ English Speaking Competencies: A Quasi-Experimental Study (Published)

This article aims to find out the effect of explicit pronunciation instructions of English on developing students’ speaking skills and attitudes towards the offered pronunciation training. A quasi-experimental design was employed to conduct the current study with pre and post-tests. Sixty university students were involved in the study and those participants were subjected to a treatment for 14 weeks of instruction on English pronunciation. Data were collected using speaking tests, questionnaires and semi-structured interviews. The collected data were analysed and mean values, standard deviations and paired sample t-tests results were obtained to answer the pertinent questions of the research. The findings reveal that the method of explicit pronunciation instruction is an effective one in improving the students’ speaking skill as well as their attitudes towards the pronunciation training in particular and the learning of the target language as a whole. Finally, some pedagogical implications are presented to address a few crucial issues for teachers to be taken into their considerations for better teaching practices within the Yemeni EFL context

Keywords: Attitudes, Explicit Instruction, Pronunciation, Speaking Competence

High School Students’ Attitudes towards the Study of Mathematics and their Perceived Teachers’ Teaching Practices (Published)

The study employed a survey to explore 210 high school students’ attitudes towards the study of mathematics and their perceptions on their teachers’ teaching practices. The sample was made up of 102 males and 108 females who were randomly selected from four high schools in the Cape Coast Metropolis of the Central Region of Ghana. The data were analysed using descriptive statistics, correlation and regression analyses. The findings showed high perceived attitudes reported in the students’ interest in doing mathematics, usefulness of mathematics, and confidence in doing mathematics; it was unclear whether students perceived mathematics as a male dominated subject or not. With regards to teachers’ teaching practices, all the 3 subscales: use of student- centered approach, classroom management skills and communication skills studied, were reported to be important in influencing students learning of mathematics. However, communication skills adopted by teachers in teaching the subject was perceived as the strongest predictor of high school students’ attitudes followed by teachers’ classroom management skills. The study concludes that to ensure positive attitudes of students towards the study of mathematics, effective communication and classroom management skills should be integral in mathematics teachers’ instructional practices; they should be important goals of any mathematics teacher preparation programs

Keywords: Attitudes, High School Students, Mathematics, Teachers, Teaching practices

Does Mind Mapping Enhance Learning (Published)

In a setting whereby, students of the English Department at the College of Basic Education are exposed to course materials across a number of courses, in a language other than their mother tongue, requiring them to read, comprehend and analyse, note taking gets extremely complicated. The current study focuses on such a complex dilemma, with its objective to find out whether mind mapping may successfully be used by our students in order to overcome their linguistic problems. For the purpose, fifty third/fourth year English language students were used as the study’s sample. The students were divided into two groups and trained to use two different note taking techniques. Later they were given a 10 MSCs, each followed by subjective response question: know, remember, guess. In addition, students were asked to write about their experience to obtain qualitative data. Findings of the study suggest a higher level of performance when the students learn their study material using MM as opposed to SNT. More positive attitudes in favour of MM were also elicited from their selection between the three responses (Know, Remember & Guess)

Keywords: Attitudes, EFL, Higher Education, Long-Term Memory, Mind Map (MM), Performance, Short-Term Memory, Standard Note Technique (SNT)

Impact of an Educational Intervention of 40 Hours Training of Breast Feeding Promoting on the Knowledge and Attitude of a Sample of Health Professional Staff: A Study of A Pre and Post Evaluation (Published)

Health professionals have a crucial role in promotion, support and management of breastfeeding. To be effective in this effort, the clinician should focus on the issue from the preconception stage through pregnancy and delivery, and continue in subsequent infant care.  To assess the effectiveness of the UNICEF/WHO 40-hour of breast feeding training through the assess breastfeeding knowledge and attitudes of the health profession staff before and after training course. Pre-posttest study with an intervention of an educational training course were conducted in Karbala maternity Hospital, during the period from May till July, 2016.A total of 90 participants arrange to reply to the invitation, Self-administered questionnaires were designed which include general demographic information, items related to the knowledge and attitude regarding the breast feeding. Statistical analysis was performed using the SPSS program (version 20) Results were presented as the frequencies and percentage in tables and figures. Chi-square test was used to determine any association found between these demographic variables and knowledge and attitudes. P value < 0.05 considered as cut off value for significance. The study revealed that the majority 48.9% of the participants achieved fair level score of knowledge regarding to breast feeding in pretest while the knowledge score improved as the majority 75.6% reported good knowledge in posttest.  There is improvement regarding the knowledge related to basic information, breast feeding problems management and hospital policies supporting breast feeding. This improvement was significant statistically regrading knowledge related to the basic information (sings of adequate breast feeding 77.8%, breast feeding with local anesthesia 82.2%, breast feeding benefit 97.8% and contraindication to breast feeding84.4% with p<0.05. There is an improvement in good attitude from pretest to posttest in each attitude questions except for Q 14 and Q 15 (Formula is as healthy for an infant as breast milk, Breast-feeding is more convenient. than formula-feeding) the attitude is slightly reversed in the posttest. Significant statistical association were reported regarding the effect of the course of breast feeding promotion training in certain aspects of attitude questions especially the breastfeeding benefit aspect. UNICEF/WHO 40-hour of breast feeding training was effective tool to assess the   breast feeding knowledge and attitudes among health profession staff that provide maternity care.   

Keywords: Assess, Attitudes, Breast Feeding Training, Effectiveness, Health Profession Staff, Knowledge, Pre and Posttest.

The Degree of Faculty’s Use of Authentic Assessment Tools at Al-Quds University and Their Relation to Their Attitudes towards Them (Published)

The study aims to investigate and realize the degree of faculty’s use of authentic assessment tools at Al-Quds University and their relation to their attitudes towards them. To achieve the purpose of the study, a sample of (99) faculty members at the university was selected in the academic year 2016/2017. Two instruments were developed by the researchers, a questionnaire to measure the degree of faculty’s use of authentic assessment tools, and another questionnaire to measure their attitudes towards authentic assessment. And the reliability of the two instruments was reached. The results of the study showed that the use of authentic assessment tolls by the faculty at Al-Quds University is moderate, and there were statistically significant differences at (0.05 ≥ α)  in the mean score and in favor of gender and academic rank. And there were no statistically significant differences with regard to experience. The results also showed that there were statistically significant differences in the mean score of the faculty’s attitudes towards authentic assessment which reached (0.05 ≥ α)  and was too high, and in favor of academic rank, and there were no significant differences with regard to gender and experience. The study concluded that there is a small positive relationship between the faculty’s use of authentic assessment tools and their attitudes towards it. In light of the above results, the study recommends conducting other research about the obstacle that stand on the way of using authentic assessment tools, and carrying out training courses for the faculty about the importance and need of using authentic assessment tools.

Keywords: Al-Quds University, Attitudes, Authentic Assessment, Faculty

Attitudes of Teachers Towards Application of Item Response Theory in Technical Colleges in Rivers State (Published)

This study investigated attitudes of teachers towards the application of item response theory (IRT) in the technical colleges in Rivers State. It is intended to ascertain the influence of these teacher-related factors on testing processes using IRT in these institutions. Five research questions were asked to guide this study and five null hypotheses were formulated and tested. Cross-sectional survey research design was adopted in this study. The population of this study comprised all the 424 technical teachers in the 15 technical colleges in Rivers State. The study used stratified random sampling technique to draw the sample of size of 212 out of the population. The instrument for data collection was a self-designed Likert type (five response level) questionnaire titled,Survey of Teacher’s Attitudes Towards Application of Item Response Theory (STATA-IRT), with a reliability coefficient of .86. Correlation analysis was used to answer the research questions and multiple regressions, R, was used to test the null hypotheses at 0.05 alpha level. It was found from the overall result, that strong linear relationship exists between attitudes of teachers and the application of Item Response Theory in Technical colleges Rivers State. It was also found from the multiple regression results that the attitudes of teachers are predictors of effective application of item response theory in the technical colleges in Rivers state.

Keywords: Application of Item, Attitudes, Response Theory, Rivers State, Teachers, Technical Colleges

Attitudes of Pupils and Teachers Towards Life Skills Education in Public Primary Schools in Eldoret Municipality, Kenya (Published)

In the year 2009, the government of Kenya introduced Life Skills Education to help the students in coping with the challenges and demands for everyday life. It is important to understand how performed since then. As such, the study was conducted to find out the preparedness of public primary schools in the implementation of Life Skills Education (LSE) curriculum in Eldoret Municipality. Based on the study, this paper examines the attitudes of pupils and teachers towards Life Skills Education in public primary schools in Eldoret Municipality. The study was based on the 1997 Functionalist theory by Kinsley Davis. The study employed a survey design. Out of the total 42 public primary schools in Eldoret Municipality 13 of them were selected through simple random sampling. A sample size of 13 head teachers was purposively selected, from the 13 schools; 39 teachers, 3 from each school, were purposively selected. These comprised teachers of LSE. Stratified sampling was used to select one teacher from lower primary, mid-upper and upper primary. Pupils in Classes Six and Seven were purposively selected. The study, therefore, sampled was 299 respondents comprising of teachers and pupils. The data collection instruments used were: questionnaires and interview schedules for head teachers. Descriptive methods were employed in data analysis and data were presented in the form of frequency distribution tables, graphs and pie charts. Data from the interview schedules was analysed qualitatively. The study findings revealed that majority (69.1%) of the students in public primary schools in Eldoret Municipality enjoyed learning Life Skills Education. This shows that students had a positive attitude towards learning of life skills education. In addition, it emerged that majority of the teachers believed that Life Skill Education was necessary for primary school children. It was therefore recommended that there is need to make its teaching and learning compulsory to all students as it contributes to personal and social development of a child at an early stage. Similarly, for teachers to develop an interest in teaching of LSE, there is need for them to be trained on LSE.

Keywords: Attitudes, Eldoret Kenya, Life Skills Education, Public Primary Schools, Pupils., Teachers

Weight-Related Perceptions and Self-Reported Lifestyle Behaviors among Black Nurses in the United States (Published)

Obesity is a growing epidemic for both the general population and nursing profession.  50% of nurses are overweight or obese (Miller, Alpert, & Cross, 2008), with more than 40% of Black women obese in 2008 (CDC, 2011).  This descriptive study examined weight-related perceptions and lifestyle behaviors of Black nurses (N=41) living in the US. Participants were recruited from the graduate and undergraduate nursing programs at Kean University.  IRB-approved Informed Consent was obtained before completion of a 13-item questionnaire assessing weight perceptions and lifestyle behaviors.  Body Mass Index (BMI; kg/m2) assessed weight (women, n = 33, M = 28.64, SD = 5.58; men, n = 8, M = 26.60, SD = 5.58). Mean BMI for US born nurses was 27.88  1.78 and 28.57  1.31 for non US born, not statistically significant at t = – 3.18, p = .752. 41% of the group perceived their weight as normal.  A negative correlation (r = -.41, p =.008) existed between BMI and “Are you currently exercising?”  Findings reinforce the need for additional study to understand whether current exercise reduces the BMI or whether those with increased BMI lack motivation to exercise.


Keywords: Attitudes, body mass index, body size, nurse-patient relations, obesity management, stereotypes