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ERIC Number: ED075186
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
Pages: 140
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A Comparative Study of Three Fifth Grade Classrooms on Five Selected Piaget Type Tasks Dealing with Science Related Concepts.
Cleminson, Ronald William
The purpose was to determine (1) if there was a significant difference in the performance on five science-related Piaget type tasks by fifth graders who were currently involved in different elementary science programs, and (2) if the tasks formed a hierarchical sequence of difficulty for the students. Three groups of fifth graders were studied; one group used a problem-method elementary science program, one used "Science - A Process Approach," and the third used a multi-textbook approach. The Piaget type tasks were Task II--multiplicative classification, Task III--coordination of perspective, Task IV--conservation of area, Task V--conservation of weight, and Task VI--conservation of displacement volume. The chi-square test was applied to the three groups; a modified Guttman (1944) scalogram analysis was used to test the hierarchical sequence of task difficulty. Results showed that there was no significant difference between the three groups on the tasks, and that the tasks form a hierarchical sequence of difficulty in the order II, IV, III, V, and VI. (Author/DT)
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Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, The University of Iowa