ERIC Number: ED049939
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1971-Feb-15
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An Evaluation of the Science Curriculum Improvement Study (SCIS) Material Objects Unit at the Kindergarten Level. Final Report.
Stafford, Don G.
Studied were eight sections of kindergarten children taught by four teachers in the Glenwood Public School, Ada, Oklahoma. Four experimental sections used the SCIS Material Objects elementary school science activities during the 1969-70 school year. Four control sections participated in other non-structured and less sequential science activities. Investigated were: 1) appropriateness of unit for kindergarten; 2) children's interest; and 3) achievement in reading readiness, reading, arithmetic, mental ability and Piaget conservation task scores. Conservation and ability tests were administered before and after treatments. Reading readiness and arithmetic and reading achievement tests were administered as posttests. Investigator developed evaluation booklets and an interest instrument was used during the science unit. It was concluded that: 1) the SCIS Material Objects unit was appropriate for and of interest to kindergarten children; 2) teacher differences were apparent; 3) enhancement of readiness and first grade achievement was not clearly demonstrated; and 4) ability to perform Piaget Conservation tasks was significantly increased. (Author/JM)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: East Central State Coll., Ada, OK.