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ERIC Number: ED072919
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Apr
Pages: 23
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The Sociological Backgrounds of Scientifically Talented Secondary School Students Throughout the State of Texas.
Stronck, David R.
A study on the relationship of sociological conditions to achievement scores is reported for secondary school students in Texas on the basis of the results obtained in the 1971 science contest of the University Interscholastic League. The instruments used were a questionnaire and three tests. The questionnaire included five sociological conditions: the size of school enrollments, the population of the community, the student's selection of future employment goals, and the level of employment and the classification of occupation of the householder. Each test provided 50 questions in biology, chemistry, and physics. Students whose administrators returned questionnaires and scores were divided into the experimental, control, and regional groups as samples. Data analyses demonstrated that larger schools, larger communities, the early selection of careers in scientific fields, and some types of employment held by the householder favored better achievements on science tests. Recommendations were made on consolidation of small high schools. The necessity of sophistication in mathematics to achieve well on tests was also discussed. (CC)
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Note: Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (45th, Chicago, Illinois, April 5, 1972)