ERIC Number: ED031391
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
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An Investigation of Elementary School Children's Concepts of Selected Terms and Principles in Science in 1950 and in 1964.
Kantz, Paul Thomas
This study initiated in 1950, tested two hypotheses: (1) that as elementary school children progress through school their concepts of terms and principles in science become more correct, and (2) that elementary school children in 1964 would be more correct in their concepts of scientific terms and principles than similar children were in 1950. An electronically recorded demonstration - interview was developed which produced children's responses that revealed their concepts of scientific terms and principles. This interview was applied to 60 children in 1950 selected from grades 1, 3, and 5, and a matched group of 60 children in 1964. Sixty-eight terms and principles presented in the demonstration - interview evoked a total of 532 different concepts. Of these, 372 were common to both groups. Seventy-four concepts that were found in the 1950 data were not evident in the 1964 data. There were 86 concepts exhibited in 1964 data only. The older children were distinctly more correct in their concepts of 58 terms and principles and not apparently different in scientific correctness in three of the terms and principles. The 1964 group appeared to be more scientifically accurate in their concepts of 41 terms and principles and the 1950 children seemed to be more correct on 20 terms and principles. (BC)
Descriptors: Achievement, Doctoral Dissertations, Elementary School Science, Grade 1, Grade 3, Grade 5, Scientific Concepts, Scientific Principles
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Authoring Institution: Texas Univ., Austin.