ERIC Number: ED028058
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
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Relationship Between Mental Maturity and the Level of Understanding of Concepts of Relativity in Grades 4-8.
Haddad, Wadi Dahir
This study was conducted to (1) identify certain concepts of relativity, and (2) determine the relationship between understanding of these relationships achieved by pupils in grades 4-8 (as indicated by objective test scores) and such variables as grade level and mental ability. Several related sub-problems were also identified. A conceptual scheme structure was determined by an examination of books and original papers; 29 concepts were defined. Materials and evaluation instruments were developed to allow single treatment and testing of each concept. The instruments were based upon the first three levels of cognition defined in Bloom's taxonomy. Findings revealed that (1) the three ability groups within each of the five grades achieved at an equal level on most of the total tests related to the separate concepts, (2) hierarchy in mastery of concepts of relativity exists as a function of maturity, (3) at all grade levels no interaction seems to exist between the ability group factor and the taxonomic level factor, (4) as the taxonomic level is increased, the level of pupil achievement decreases, (5) achievement profiles by grade and taxonomic level are not consistent, (6) certain concepts of relativity can be taught at the elementary level if they are associated with concrete objects, and (7) no hierarchy of achievement was found between the units on classical, special, and general relativity. (DH)
Descriptors: Achievement, Cognitive Processes, Elementary School Science, Learning, Maturation, Physical Sciences, Relativity, Secondary School Science, Student Characteristics
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Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison.