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ERIC Number: ED012753
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1965-Jul
Pages: 76
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Reference Count: 0
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INTEGRATING BIOLOGICAL PRINCIPLES WITH INSTRUCTION IN VOCATIONAL AGRICULTURE, A RESEARCH REPORT OF A GRADUATE STUDY. RESEARCH SERIES IN AGRICULTURAL EDUCATION.
BENDER, RALPH E.; STARLING, JOHN T.
TO DETERMINE THE FEASIBILITY OF INTEGRATING BIOLOGICAL PRINCIPLES WITH INSTRUCTION IN VOCATIONAL AGRICULTURE IN OHIO HIGH SCHOOLS, 15 PILOT SCHOOLS AND 8 CONTROL SCHOOLS WERE STUDIED. PRETESTS ADMINISTERED TO STUDENTS IN OCTOBER 1963 WERE AN AGRICULTURAL ACHIEVEMENT TEST, A BIOLOGICAL PRINCIPLES TEST, THE CALIFORNIA SHORT-FORM TEST OF MENTAL MATURITY, AND THE EDUCATIONAL INTEREST INVENTORY. POSTTESTING IN MAY 1964 INCLUDED ALL EXCEPT THE CALIFORNIA SHORT-FORM. A QUESTIONNAIRE ADMINISTERED TO AGRICULTURE TEACHERS IN THE PILOT SCHOOLS REVEALED EIGHT ADVANTAGES, INCLUDING--(1) THE PROGRAM WAS MORE CHALLENGING AND INTERESTING TO STUDENTS, AND (2) IT CAUSED THE TEACHER TO PREPARE BETTER. ONE OF THE FOUR DISADVANTAGES WAS THAT MORE TIME WAS NECESSARY TO TEACH BIOLOGICAL PRINCIPLES, AND OTHER UNITS HAD TO BE DROPPED. INTERPRETATION OF THE TEST DATA WAS THE BASIS FOR EIGHT CONCLUSIONS, INCLUDING--(1) THE NUMBER OF PRINCIPLES TAUGHT WAS THE MOST SIGNIFICANT FACTOR INFLUENCING ACHIEVEMENT IN BIOLOGY, (2) DIFFERENCE IN STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT BETWEEN 1ST- AND 2ND-YEAR PILOT SCHOOLS WAS NOT CONSISTENT ON ALL TESTS, AND (3) FRESHMAN AND SOPHOMORE STUDENTS SHOWED GREATER ACHIEVEMENT THAN JUNIOR AND SENIOR STUDENTS WHEN THE BIOLOGICAL PRINCIPLES APPROACH WAS USED. (EM)
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Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. Coll. of Agriculture and Home Economics.
Identifiers: COLUMBUS; OHIO