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ERIC Number: ED076775
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-May
Pages: 82
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Environmental Influences on Problem Solving Ability in Three Demographic Groups.
Bies, John David
The major purpose of this study was to ascertain whether or not a relationship existed between problem-solving ability and environmental factors. A secondary and related purpose was to find and examine any differences between demographic and curriculum groups. Data were collected from students and from school records in three public high schools representing urban, suburban, and rural demographic groups. Tests configured to measure problem-solving ability were administered in each school to a random selection of students in three groups: liberal arts, practical arts, and a control group of the general student population. Analysis of the data indicated that there is a relationship between problem-solving ability and environmental factors, especially family and school background and influences. It was found that the suburban control group scored significantly lower than the other two control groups, which may indicate that environmental conditions were such as to influence the composition of the school population. As the analysis showed no significant difference in problem-solving ability among the practical arts, academic, and control groups, it may be concluded that each group's environment was similar in developing such ability and that these environments were varied enough to affect it. (MF)
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Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, Missouri University, Columbia