ERIC Number: ED049039
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
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A Model for Determining Biological Concept Attainment.
Tamppari, Raymond Paul
Biological principles related to the theme "photosynthesis and Energy Relationships" were specified, ordered according to Gagne's hierarchical learning theory, and their attainment by students in grades 5, 7, and 9 measured by a 100-item test developed for the purpose. Each succeeding grade level achieved significantly higher scores; male students in grade nine performed better than their female peers; grade level and chronological age were more important than I.Q. in determining the level of concept attainment. It was concluded that: (1) it is possible to construct a model for the biology curriculum in terms of a psychological learning theory; (2) the curriculum followed by the students tested had not been so constructed; (3) the test results showed a need for instruction in prerequisite concepts; and (4) examination of the attainment of individual concepts can reveal factors possibly influencing their attainment. (Author/AL)
Descriptors: Achievement, Biology, Doctoral Dissertations, Elementary School Science, Instruction, Learning, Learning Readiness, Secondary School Science
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Authoring Institution: Michigan Univ., Ann Arbor.
Identifiers: Gagne (Robert M); Piaget (Jean)