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ERIC Number: ED058023
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1967
Pages: 204
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An Investigation of Piagetian Tests as Predictors of Students Understanding of Electrostatics.
Bridgham, Robert George
This study is an attempt to discover the relation of classification and seriation, two areas of intellectual development investigated by Piaget. A number of test items, modified from Piaget's description, were administered individually to 29 boys and 21 girls in third-grade classes. A set of 11 lessons involving tape recordings, technique films, and manipulation of materials was used. Observation indicated that the lessons were only partially effective due to weather and lesson variables. On a 30-item test of electrostatics concepts, boys tended to score higher than girls overall, and in particular, on items which involved production or prediction of observable phenomena. The results, taken together, suggest that girls approached the learning of electrostatics differently than boys; typically, girls indicated less interest and much more concentration on the varbal content of the lessons. The reverse appeared to be true for the boys. The author states the need for further study with a larger sample, a better verbal measure, and independent measures of motivation and learning style. (Author/TS)
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