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ERIC Number: ED084090
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
Pages: 162
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Relationships Between Student Piagetian Cognitive Development and Achievement in Science.
Ball, Daniel Wayne; Sayre, Steven Athol
Reported is a study of the relationships between scholastic grades of 419 junior and senior high school students and their ability to perform formal operational tasks. A Piagetian Task Instrument (PTI) was constructed to assess the formal thinking ability of the students. Face validity of the instrument was obtained after a literature review. Interviewer reliability for the instrument was established during a pilot study. Interviewers (four) were specially trained for administration and evaluation of student performance on the PTI, who then administered the instrument to 419 students. Data included fall semester grades, intelligence quotients (IQ), age, sex, and performance on the PTI. It was found that there was a significant relationship between scholastic success of eighth-, ninth-, tenth- (biology), and eleventh- (chemistry) grade students and their performance on the PTI. A significant relationship was found between IQ scores and performance on the PTI. Junior high school science students showed a 0.28 correlation coefficient; senior high school students a 0.51 correlation coefficient. IQ scores and PTI performance were related but not equivalent. Determination of IQ scores was based on correct or incorrect responses. PTI performance was based on assessment of how individuals attempted the solution of a problem. No significant relationship was found between sex of student and performance on the PTI. (Author/EB)
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Note: Ed.D. Dissertation, University of Northern Colorado