ERIC Number: ED031399
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967
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The Development and Evaluation of a Unified Chemistry-Physics Course Taught by a Cooperative Teaching Method for a Two-Year Period.
Jacobs, John Dale
The purpose of this study was to develop and to evaluate a two-year unified chemistry-physics course at the secondary-school level. Tenth- and eleventh-grade students were placed into experimental and control groups by random sampling with respect to sex and grade level. The experimental and control groups each consisted of 24 students. The experimental group was enrolled in a two-year unified chemistry-physics course. This course was taught by a cooperative teaching method involving both a chemistry instructor and a physics instructor. The control group was enrolled in an academic chemistry course during the first year and in an academic physics course during the second year of the investigation. These courses were each taught by one instructor. The same instructors taught both the experimental and control groups. The courses were designed so that both groups would cover essentially the same subject matter. There were no significant differences in achievement in chemistry and physics; and in understanding science between students in the unified course and students in the traditional sequence of chemistry and physics; and (2) the unification of chemistry and physics was not detrimental to achievement in the areas tested and offered such advantages as providing for an economy of time, the avoidance of duplication of subject matter, a more unified view of the physical sciences, and reinforcement in learning. (BC)
Descriptors: Chemistry, Curriculum Development, Doctoral Dissertations, Grade 11, Grade 12, Integrated Curriculum, Physics, Secondary School Science
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Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park.
Identifiers: Cooperative Science Tests (Chemistry); Cooperative Science Tests (Physics); Sequential Tests of Educational Progress