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ERIC Number: ED086465
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
Pages: 131
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An Investigation of the Effect of Acknowledging Successful Autonomous Discovery by Seventh Grade Students Exposed to the Inquiry Development Program.
Jones, William Warren
Reported is a study demonstrating the effects of acknowledgment of success as related to self-concept, problem solving behavior, or science concept development of seventh-grade students. Forty-nine students were randomly assigned to either the experimental group (those who received acknowledgment of successful autonomous discovery) or the control group. Both groups were taught by the investigator utilizing Suchman's Inquiry Development Program materials and techniques. Pre- and posttests included the Self-Concept as a Learner Scale--Secondary, the Cooperative General Science Test, and the TAB Science Test. The t-test for independent samples was used to determine significance of mean difference scores. A correlated t-test was used to determine the significance of change between mean pre- and posttest scores on each instrument used. Analysis of the data revealed no significant difference in the changes in self-concept, problem solving behavior, or science concept development between those students whose success was acknowledged and those whose was not. It was concluded that the acknowledgment or lack of acknowledgment of successful autonomous discovery by these students did not affect their self-concept as a learner in relation to the factors of motivation, task orientation, problem solving, or class membership. (Author/EB)
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Note: Ed.D. Dissertation, University of Northern Colorado