ERIC Number: ED070593
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
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An Investigative Approach to Elementary School Science Teaching.
Schmiess, Elmer G.
This study was conducted to determine whether sixth grade students can successfully engage in scientific investigation. The success of the students' investigation was measured by their proficiency in solving selected problems, interest in science, and growth in solving new problems. One class of 34 sixth grade students was selected. A battery of tests were administered before and after the treatment. The treatment included a one-semester phytochemical pilot project designed by the investigator. The students were grouped into high, average, and low achievers based on data from the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills. The ability to solve selected scientific problems, science interest, and growth in solving new problems was compared on the basis of pre- and post-test scores. Scores for boys and girls were compared separately. Results did not answer the question of whether the students had the ability for scientific investigation. Post-test scores on science interest and solving new problems were significantly higher than pre-test scores. Significant F-ratios were obtained between students in the three groups in solving selected scientific problems and solving new problems; high and average achievers were more successful than low achievers. No significant difference was obtained between the high, average, and low achievers on interest. (Author/PS)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Doctoral Dissertations, Educational Research, Elementary Education, Elementary School Science, Instruction, Problem Solving, Science Education, Science Interests, Student Characteristics, Student Interests
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Note: Ed.D. Dissertation, The University of North Dakota