ERIC Number: ED089938
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1971
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Prediction of First Grade Science Achievement.
Poole, Howard R., Jr.
Investigated and screened were a large number of variables thought to influence first-grade science achievement. The variables were grouped by areas within the educational environment and by major test scores. Subsets included educational institution, instructional characteristics, student biographical characteristics, teacher estimates of student ability and sociopersonal adjustment, and major test scores. These test scores measured student mental ability, listening ability, general academic achievement, sociopersonal adjustment and science achievement. The criterion employed for science achievement was the science subscore of the Wabash Valley Education Center (WVEC) Science Test given at the end of first grade. A random sample of 240 students from 65 classrooms in an 11 county area was used. Student backgrounds were rural or semi-rural. Data were analyzed using a stepwise linear multiple regression technique. The F-test was used to determine significance of set predictors and of differences between R values. The most important variables were two mental ability scores--logical reasoning and memory scores. The WVEC pretest science score was the next greatest contributor to the prediction of science achievement. (Author/EB)
Descriptors: Academic Ability, Achievement, Doctoral Dissertations, Educational Environment, Educational Research, Elementary School Students, Predictive Measurement, Science Education, Student Characteristics
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