ERIC Number: ED084080
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Publication Date: 1969
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A Study of the Development of an Understanding of Science in Two Junior High School Science Courses.
Sheppard, Kenneth Edgar, Jr.
This study was concerned with junior high school students' understanding of the scientific enterprise, the methods and aims of science, and of scientists. A comparison was made between the use of the Earth Science Curriculum Project (ESCP) and the traditional general science course approach. The ESCP sample was taught by teachers trained in the methods and philosophy of the investigative approach while the other group had teachers who expressed the philosophy of a traditional approach. A posttest only was used. Both groups were given the "Test on Understanding Science" (TOUS) Form W. A t-test was used to test the differences between mean scores for all three areas tested. Results indicated that the two methods of teaching produced significant differences in all areas of student understanding, with those in ESCP receiving higher mean scores in all areas. (Author/EB)
Descriptors: Doctoral Dissertations, Earth Science, Educational Research, Inquiry, Junior High School Students, Science Course Improvement Projects, Science Education, Scientific Enterprise, Secondary School Science
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