ERIC Number: ED068269
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
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A Process-Conceptual Scheme Approach for Junior College General Education Science Instruction.
Middleton, Lennie Small, Jr.
After reviewing related literature and consulting with scientists and science educators, the investigator identified seven processes of science (observing, describing-communicating, predicting, inferring, factor identification, experimental analysis, and experimental design) and ten scientific conceptual schemes (matter-energy-forces, interaction, change, equilibrium, conservation, systems organization, variation, relativity, reproduction, and adaptation-conformation) as consistent with the general education of junior college students. Some support for the use of these conceptual schemes and processes of science was obtained in a small scale study of the reactions of students to a course where the schemes and processes were identified and students encouraged to use them in organizing their work. Changes in scores on the Test on Understanding Science and the Iowa Test of Educational Development and student reaction papers provided evidence that the students were benefiting from the approach. (AL)
Descriptors: College Science, Curriculum, Doctoral Dissertations, General Education, Scientific Concepts, Scientific Enterprise
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Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Florida