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ERIC Number: ED084138
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
Pages: 138
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A Study of Moot Beliefs Held by Twelfth-Grade Students in Wisconsin Public Schools.
Otto, Paul Bernhardt
Reported is a study of the relationship between factors of sex, science course experience, grade point average, the occupation of both father and mother, and the acceptance of certain moot beliefs (considered to be unfounded beliefs of questionable credibility which include misconceptions and superstitions). The sample, selected on the basis of probability proportionate to size (pps) using a two-stage, stratified, clustered sample, included 358 twelfth-grade students. Evidence of the acceptance of moot beliefs was gathered by having students make decisions concerning visually presented situations (35-mm colored slides accompanied by an audio-taped narration). Analysis of the results of the study indicated: (1) approximately two-thirds of the items of moot belief were accepted by more than ten percent of the students surveyed; (2) there appeared to be a significantly greater number of girls than boys who accepted 13 of the 36 items of moot beliefs; and (3) some numerical significance was noted between the other variables used on the study but the cases were considered sparse. (Author/EB)
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Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, The University of Wisconsin