ERIC Number: ED079040
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
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The Effects of Increasing the Student Involvement in a College Physical Science Laboratory Program.
Stekel, Frank D.
Reported is a comparison of the effectiveness of two different laboratory programs for 2 teachers and 186 students enrolled in a 1968-69 physical science course at Wisconsin State University - Whitewater. The control group consisted of students performing exercises from a laboratory manual, and the experimental group was assigned to an open-ended program with emphases upon student involvement in problem selection and experiment design. The Watson Glaser Critical Thinking Analysis and the Wisconsin Inventory of Science Processes were used. Measurements were also made of attitudes toward science, retention of attitudes and science concepts, and understanding of scientist's assumptions, operations, and hypothesis formulation. Analyses showed a significant difference in favor of the experimental group in understanding of scientists' operations and in retention of attitudes toward the laboratory program. Four recommendations for the improvement, implementation, and evaluation of open-ended programs were presented. (Author/CC)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, College Science, Doctoral Dissertations, Educational Research, Instruction, Physical Sciences, Retention (Psychology), Student Attitudes, Student Participation, Teaching Methods
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Note: Ed.D. DIissertation, Indiana University