ERIC Number: ED059862
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Inland Valley Elementary School Archaeology Project: An Experimental Comparison of Two Teaching Approaches, Final Report.
Hardy, Donald William
Investigated was whether the opportunity to participate in discovery learning by means of an archaeological "dig" significantly enhances the development in sixth grade pupils of concepts and principles of archaeology and anthropology as compared with using the same data with conventional instructional procedures in a standard classroom situation. The total sixth grade population at Inland Valley Elementary School was separated on the basis of sex, and was assigned at random into two classes (one experimental and one control) of 29 pupils per class. The same teacher taught both groups. An investigator-prepared instrument was used on a pre- and posttest basis. It was concluded that: (1) the child at the "dig" (experimental group) was more of an organizer of information, more active in the task of learning, and apparently more highly motivated than those in the control group; and (2) the discovery learning activity itself produced significant differences in favor of children in the experimental group on the prepared tests which measured anthropological understandings. Also provided are: (1) a description of the program, (2) an extensive literature review, and (3) a description and subtest break-down of the testing instrument used in the study. (DS)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Berkeley.
Note: p.107 missing