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ERIC Number: ED079110
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Mar
Pages: 12
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A Comparative Study of the Effects of Prior Knowledge of Performance Objectives on Cognitive Learning Outcomes in the Instruction of TCCP Physical Science.
Coleman, Clarence D., Jr.; Fowler, H. Seymour
The purpose of the study was to investigate differences in learning as attributed to the instructional treatment of behavioral objectives of students in a general physical science laboratory. It was hypothesized that there would be no significant difference in the achievement of students in physical science who were exposed to laboratory methods in which they conducted experimentation without prior behavioral objectives, and those students who were presented behavioral objectives prior to experimentation. The experimental and control populations were randomly selected from 94 freshmen enrolled in the Thirteen College Curriculum Program Phsical Science Course at Norfolk State College. An analysis of the results failed to reject the hypothesis, and indicated no significant difference between presenting performance objectives and not furnishing performance objectives to the students. No significant differences in achievement were evident between the experimental and control groups with respect to sex of the subjects or major area of study (business or education). Nor was there a significant difference in terms of attitudes toward science as it was related to the sex of students when attitude were controlled by an analysis of covariance. (JR)
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Note: Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (46th, Detroit, Michigan, March 1973)