ERIC Number: ED037349
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Mar
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Differences in Science Concepts Held by Children From Three Social-Economic Levels.
Klein, Carol A.
Fifteen elementary schools (310 fourth-grade pupils) used in this study were classified as serving high, middle, or low social-economic groups on the basis of information from the city offices and the administration of the metropolitan school district participating in the study. The children in all of the schools used the same text and had the same amount of instruction per week. Teachers with little experience and those with many years of experience were distributed among the schools. Based on concepts selected from the district's basic text, fifteen questions were selected for the test. In addition to answering the questions, the students were asked to suggest a way to find out the answer to each question whether or not they knew the answer. (Significant differences at the .01 level were found between the means of all three groups on the I.Q. test and raw test scores on the test of scientific understanding.) Significant differences were also found between social-economic groups when raw test score means were adjusted for I.Q. differences. (BR)
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Authoring Institution: Saint Catherine Coll., St. Paul, Minn.
Note: Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (43rd, Minneapolis, Minne., March 5-8, 1970)