ERIC Number: ED253391
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
"The Effect of Science and Mathematics Integration On Selected Seventh Grade Students' Attitudes Toward and Achievement in Science."
The purpose of this study was to determine how integrating science and mathematics in a seventh grade physics unit affected students' attitudes toward and achievement in science. Students were placed in one of four classes. Two classes consisted of students with standardized reading and mathematics scores at least 2 years above grade level; one class (N=30) used the integrated format while the other class (N=27) used the non-integrated format. The two additional classes consisted of students with standardized reading and mathematics scores on grade level; one class (N=24) used the integrated format while the other class (N=27) used the non-integrated format. Results, obtained from pre-/posttests (using the 60-item, Likert-type Science Attitudes Appraisal and the 50-item, teacher-constructed Test of Physics Facts and Principles), show: (1) no change in attitudes toward science among students using either the integrated or non-integrated formats; (2) students 2 years above grade level using the integrated format achieved better than similar students using the non-integrated format; and (3) on-grade level students using the integrated format achieved better than similar students using the non-integrated format. Explanations for these and other results are noted. (JN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New York City Board of Education, NY.
Identifiers: Science Education Research