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ERIC Number: ED084147
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
Pages: 149
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A Study of the Nature and Effectiveness of the Teaching of Environmental Problems to Gifted Science Students in Texas Public Schools.
Sikes, William Nick
Reported is a study to determine the nature of the teaching of environmental problems to gifted students and the effectiveness of this teaching on the knowledge and concerns of these gifted students concerning environmental problems. Comparisons were made between environmental science instruction and size of schools, as well as geographical regions involved. Forty gifted science students were identified by means of the University Interscholastic League Science Contest; their science teachers and those professors who taught courses concerning environmental studies on the campus of the University of Texas during the 1971-72 school year were included in the population for the study. A survey administered to the high school science teachers provided the nature of environmental education. Two examinations were used to determine student knowledge. A checklist of environmental concerns was used to determine the concerns of the three groups. The results of the study indicated that environmental studies received little or no attention in the majority of science classes, particularly in physics and chemistry. Students scored higher on the test concerning environmental problems than on those related to principles of science. The students from the large schools scored significantly higher on the environmental problems examination. Comparison of mean rankings of the three groups on environmental problems, responsibility, and influence as listed on the checklist of environmental concerns showed high degrees of correlation. (Author/EB)
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Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, The University of Texas at Austin