ERIC Number: ED254429
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Educational Productivity in Science Education: Secondary Analysis of National Assessment in Science Data.
Fraser, Barry J.; And Others
This study used data collected during 1981-82 from a random sample of 1,960 9-year-old students from 124 elementary schools involved in a national assessment of educational progress in science. The database was used in secondary analyses which probed the validity of a model of educational productivity involving a set of nine aptitudinal, instructional, and environmental variables which require optimization to increase student learning. When controlled for other factors, ability, motivation, class environment, home environment, amount of television viewing (negative direction), sex, and race were all found to be significantly related to achievement. For an attitude outcome, the factors linked with attitudinal attainment were ability, motivation, class environment, and race. These results for 9-year-olds were compared with those emerging from secondary analyses of data provided by 1,950 17-year-olds and 2,025 13-year-olds participating in the same assessment. Overall, the findings supported the model of educational productivity and sugggested that science students' achievement and attitude are influenced jointly by a number of factors rather than one or two dominant ones. The study also attests to the potential value of science education researchers performing secondary analyses on the high-quality random databases generated as part of national assessments. (Author/JN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Science Education Research; Secondary Analysis
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (58th, French Lick Springs, IN, April 15-18, 1985).