ERIC Number: ED362403
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Educational Productivity and Science Education within a Developing Country.
Waldrip, Bruce G.; Giddings, Geoffrey J.
The study reported in this paper, combined qualitative (observation, interview and case study techniques) and quantitative (questionnaire and survey instruments) methods (n=3,182 Grade 10 students). The study (1) examined the relationship of current teaching practices to a number of variables that affected students' learning in science laboratory classrooms, (2) examined which factors affected academic success in an external science achievement examination, and (3) examined whether an education productivity model in the science education area was applicable to a developing country context, namely, Papua New Guinea. The study adapted a classroom environment instrument, the Science Laboratory and through its use demonstrated reliability. Analysis of data indicated boys had a more favorable attitude toward science than girls. Science academic achievement was related to quality and quantity of instruction, science laboratory learning environment scales, and gender. Teachers tended to prefer demonstrations to students doing experiments in small groups. Student laboratory work was highly structured. (PR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Papua New Guinea
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (Atlanta, GA, April 1993).