ERIC Number: ED025427
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
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Comparative Effects of Various High School Biology Course-Content Backgrounds on Achievement in College Biology.
Garrett, Gordon Ronald
The purposes of this study are (1) to determine whether college students who have taken Biological Sciences Curriculum Study (BSCS) High School Biology attain significantly different grades in college biology courses at the University of Missouri than do college students who have taken a non-BSCS high school biology course, and (2) to determine if first year college students who have had a high school BSCS course possess significantly different attitudes toward college science courses than do non-BSCS high school biology students. Part A of the study analyzed the achievement of 893 Introductory Zoology freshmen. Part B analyzed the achievement of 644 General Botany freshmen. Analysis of covariance, holding scholastic ability constant, was used to determine the relationshi" between high school biology background and college biology achievement. Part C used data on 248 zoology and 165 botany freshmen to test for differences in attitude toward science between students with BSCS and non-BSCS. Results indicated that no significant differences (.05 level) were discernible in achievement in zoology or botany. No differences in attitudes toward science were found between any combination of groups. (BC)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Attitudes, Biology, Botany, College Science, Comparative Analysis, Doctoral Dissertations, Secondary School Science, Student Attitudes, Zoology
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Authoring Institution: Missouri Univ., Columbia.
Identifiers: Biological Sciences Curriculum Study; School and College Ability Tests; University of Missouri