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ERIC Number: ED053955
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967
Pages: 408
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A Study of the Relative Effectiveness of Content and Process Centered Biology Laboratories for College Freshmen.
Murphy, Glenn Wayne
The relative effectiveness of "content-centered" and "process-centered" biology laboratory courses in a freshman general biology course was investigated by administering the Nelson Biology Test, Science Attitude Scale, EPS II (a problem solving test), and an Interest Inventory at the beginning and end of the one quarter course. Course examination scores were compared. Scores on scales measuring verbal and mathematical aptitude and the Study of Values were used to investigate factors related to success under either treatment. Significant differences favoring the "content-centered" group were found on lecture test composite scores and on the final examination, but these were attributed to a lecture bias rather than to the laboratory approaches being compared. Verbal and mathematical aptitude and high school standing (overall and in science) were correlated with success for "content-centered" but not "process-centered" students. High theoretical and low social and religious value scores were correlates of "process-centered" success. There were no consistent correlations with value scores for the "content-centered" group. (Author/AL)
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Note: Ph.D. dissertation, University of Kentucky