ERIC Number: ED073915
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Elementary School Children's Level of Attainment of Selected Classificatory Science Concepts.
Voelker, Alan M.
Reported is a study on the measurement of concept attainment for the purpose of developing a measuring system and a model of attainment abilities and establishing relationships between learned concepts and cognitive abilities. Thirty concepts, ten for each of the biological, earth, and physical science areas, were selected from six fourth grade texts and analyzed in terms of the level to which concepts, attributes, and examples were identified. A 12-item test was constructed for each concept. Statistical results from concept and task attainments for boys and girls indicated the highest attainment level on biological concepts, the lowest level in physical science, and subtle differences in the performance of girls and boys. Results from a further simplex analysis of the task attainment scores supported the postulation of a concept attainment hierarchy. Children responded well on tasks dealing with gross perceptions rather than fine distinctions among examples and non-examples of a concept with the gross perception level preferred to the fine perception level. The attainment of a concept was a function of its association with the concrete world. Reexamination of science curriculum, instructional procedures, and children's cognitive abilities in terms of concept learning was recommended. (CC)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
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Note: Paper presented at the annual convention of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (45th, Chicago, Illinois, April 1972)