ERIC Number: ED041811
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-May
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Evaluation of a Conceptual Geography Unit for Kindergarten. Earth: Man's Home.
Imperatore, William A.
The main hypothesis was that the unit is appropriate for use at the kindergarten level. The evaluation was based upon the examination of four factors: 1) the reliability and item characteristics of the unit text; 2) the effect of bias associated with pupil sex, race, socio-economic status on geography achievement and learning gains; 3) the effect of bias associated with teacher geography background, prior experience with the unit and teacher perception of the appropriateness of the unit on achievement, and gains; and, 4) geography gains as indicated by pretest and posttest differences. Fourteen teachers and 268 students were involved. The unit test was evaluated primarily by means of the TSSA computer program (Test Scorer and Statistical Analysis, Wolf and Klopter, 1963). The pupil and teacher variables were analyzed by means of the MUDAID computer program (multivariate, univariate, and discrimination analysis of irregular data, Bargmann, 1967). The analysis indicated that race and socio-economic status, experience teaching the unit, and teacher perception of unit appropriateness were statistically significant. The main hypothesis was accepted. (The Teacher Manual, Pupil Workbook, and Pictorial Unit Test are appended.) (SBE)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Achievement Tests, Cognitive Development, Computer Programs, Curriculum Evaluation, Curriculum Research, Doctoral Dissertations, Geography Instruction, Instructional Materials, Item Analysis, Kindergarten, Racial Factors, Social Studies, Socioeconomic Status, Statistical Analysis, Teacher Attitudes, Teaching Experience, Test Reliability, Units of Study
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Authoring Institution: Georgia Univ., Athens.
Identifiers: Geography Curriculum Project
Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Georgia