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ERIC Number: ED085176
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
Pages: 205
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The Use of History of Science Case Studies with First Year Education Students to Teach Skills Involved in Scientific Thinking.
Hall, John Franz
The purpose of this study was to prepare and evaluate a series of 11 history of science case studies used to teach first year education students in a general science course. One hundred fifty-six students, randomly selected, made up the experimental group and were assigned to read the history of science case studies. A science textbook was assigned to be read by the control group of 154 students. The Burmester Test of Aspects of Scientific Thinking was administered to both groups. It was designed to measure five abilities (recognizing problems, understanding the relationship of evidence to hypotheses, understanding experimental conditions and the control of variables, making conclusions, and interpreting data) as case study objectives. Mean test scores were compared by analysis of variance, using the sex of the student as a covariate. The Nature of Science Scale was also administered. Analysis of data revealed that the mean test scores of the treatment group were significantly higher (0.05 level) than the control group on the total Test of Aspects of Scientific Thinking (TAST) and on the sub-test on the ability to make conclusions. No other significant differences were found, although all differences favored the experimental group. (Author/EB)
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Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, Oregon State University