ERIC Number: ED211323
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Aug
Reference Count: 0
A Comparative Study of Two Laboratory Approaches in a General Education College Physical Science Course.
Schellenberg, John Patrick
The purpose of this study was to determine the relative effectiveness of two laboratory approaches in a general education physical science course: (1) the experimental method called the contemporary topics, and (2) the control method called the standard topics. The criterion instruments were an investigator-constructed subject content test, the Science Process Inventory, Form D, and the Science Attitude Inventory. The subjects were 86 students enrolled in physics at Kutztown State College, 41 assigned to the control treatment standard topics approach, 45 to the experimental contemporary topics approach. A student perception questionnaire was applied to monitor whether treatments were applied as prescribed. Using analysis of covariance, it was found that at the .01 level for the three tests, there were no significant differences, but there was a significant difference in the results of the treatment monitoring questionnaire. Findings of this study implied that there was no difference in learning facts and principles of the subject content, but other criteria, such as cost and student or faculty interest, should be used to decide between the two approaches. (JN)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Science Education Research
Note: Ed.D. Dissertation, The Pennsylvania State University. Page 64 missing from document prior to its being shipped to EDRS for filming.