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ERIC Number: ED055925
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1966
Pages: 148
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An Analysis of Elementary School Children's Ability to Learn Anthropological Content at Grades Four, Five, and Six.
Potterfield, James Edward
The problem of this study was to determine if there was any difference in fourth, fifth, and sixth grade children's ability to learn the materials in an anthropology unit, "Concept of Culture," designed for the fourth grade and developed by the Anthropology Curriculum Project. Major emphasis of the unit was given to an understanding of three areas: culture variation, enculturation, and culture dynamics. Three classes from the fourth grade, fifth grade, and sixth grade were selected. At each grade level two of the classes were designated as experimental groups and one as a control group. The control classes were not taught the anthropology materials. Pupil gains in vocabulary, concept learnings, and abstract reasoning were measured using the tests prepared by the anthropology project. In addition, each child was given the STEP social studies battery as a pre- and post-test. The least squares analysis of covariance was used to analyze the resulting data. Several conclusions were warranted: 1) based on the fact that grade was not significant, it would seem that there is no significant difference in the ability of fourth, fifth, or sixth grade children to learn the anthropological materials; 2) specialized training on the part of the teacher made little difference in the successful teaching of the unit; and, 3) the gains for the raw mean scores, combined with significant gains on the over-all test, indicate that children can learn the vocabulary, concepts, and do the abstract reasoning required. (Author)
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