ERIC Number: ED035941
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1968-Jun-14
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A Comparison of Two Techniques of Teaching Scientific Method in Introductory Psychology Laboratories: Stage 1, The Development of An Evaluative Instrument. Final Report.
Grohsmeyer, Frederick; Johnson, Richard R.
During the fall term, preliminary forms of the Experimental Method Test (EMT) were given to introductory level psychology students as well as a number of advanced students. The results of this preliminary testing led to the development of a second form of the test which was evaluated over a number of groups of students. The results of the final form of the test seem to indicate: (1) that the test may be a good discriminator among groups of students who have differing backgrounds of knowledge of scientific method, and (2) that the test appears to discriminate changes in students as a function of having had training oriented toward scientific method. The test, however, seems to be a poor discriminator among individuals in a group. Further conclusions are: (1) the test will serve quite adequately to discriminate between groups of students who are taught scientific method by two different techniques, (2) further development of the test ought to involve factor analysis to discriminate among subscales, and the production of more items so that the test could be lengthened, and parallel forms could be offered. (KJ)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Earlham Coll., Richmond, IN.