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ERIC Number: ED086455
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1970
Pages: 391
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The Development and Analysis of a Pictorial Physics Test for Grades Five and Six.
Kernaghan, Joseph Barron
Reported is a study to measure the degree to which children have developed an understanding of basic physics. The instruments contained items in a multiple choice format with a stem picture depicting an actual happening and three choice pictures, one of which was true in relationship to the stem. Items for the test were drawn from basic science series, grades one through six. Parallel forms were administered to 425 fifth- and 436 sixth-grade students. Two forms of a criterion measure were administered to half the group as a direct measure of the children's understanding of physics. The distribution of scores of both tests indicated a wide range of ability with respect to the understanding of basic physics. Differences between means of both groups were significant beyond the .01 level. Significant differences were found (.01 level) between the means of girls and boys at both levels. High correlations between the two forms developed by the researcher and moderate to low correlations of this measure with other measures indicate that Picture Problems is a reliable means of measurement; it measures factors not measured by other tests, yet does have a common bond with other measures. (Author/EB)
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