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ERIC Number: ED070616
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
Pages: 154
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Student Risk-Taking in Explanation of Biological Events.
Horn, Jerry George
This study investigated the effect of achievement motivation, group composition for purposes of discussion, status of information about a biological event, IQ, and the sex of individuals on the propensity for risk-taking by biology students as they explained an event of biology. The Achievement Motivation Test was used to determine the level of motivation among students, and a subsample of 136 was selected for subsequent analysis. The subjects were shown a film in which two scenes were selected for obtaining students' responses. The students were divided into three groups and a discussion for ten minutes was carried out about two scenes in the film. During the discussion in each group, a judge observed and used the Risk-Taking Verbal Observation Scale. The analysis indicated that individuals exhibit greater risk-taking behaviors in verbal discourse in case of an observed biological event when the explanation is said to be unknown as opposed to a situation that has been explained. The data indicated that individuals and groups are not significantly affected by the factors and/or conditions of achievement motivation, group composition for discussion, or status of the information about the observed event. A significant correlation was found between IQ and risk-taking by individuals in verbal discourse. No significant correlations were found for sex and risk-taking behavior. (Author/PS)
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Note: Ed.D. Dissertation, University of Colorado