ERIC Number: ED027192
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
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The Relationship Between Responses to Science Concepts on a Semantic Differential Instrument and Achievement in Freshman Physics and Chemistry.
Rothman, Arthur Israel
Students taking freshman physics and freshman chemistry at The State University of New York at Buffalo (SUNYAB) were administered a science-related semantic differential instrument. This same test was administered to physics and chemistry graduate students from SUNYAB and the University of Rochester. A scoring procedure was developed which produced a six-score profile for each subject. Three indices of profile similarity were calculated linking each of the undergraduate subjects to an appropriate criterion profile. The criterion profiles were generated from the graduate physics and graduate chemistry semantic-differential test results. Regents Scholarship Examination (RSE) total scores for each of the undergraduate subjects were also obtained. Multiple regression analysis was used to relate the six semantic differential scores, the three profile similarity indices, and the RSE variable, in various combinations, with a suitable criterion of success; namely, first semester grades in freshman physics and chemistry. The study indicates that relationships, other than I.Q. scores, are capable of predicting academic success. (BC)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Attitude Measures, Attitudes, Chemistry, College Science, Doctoral Dissertations, Physics, Prediction, Student Attitudes, Undergraduate Study
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Authoring Institution: State Univ. of New York, Buffalo.
Identifiers: New York State Regents Scholarship Examinations