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ERIC Number: ED092309
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1971
Pages: 103
Abstractor: N/A
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An Experimental Study of the Science Curriculum Improvement Study Involving Fourth Graders' Ability to Understand Concepts of Relative Position and Motion Using the Planetarium as a Testing Device.
Battaglini, Dennis Wood
Reported is a study to evaluate the Science Curriculum Improvement Study (SCIS) program at the fourth-grade level, in particular the unit, "Relativity." To avoid the problems of a written test, an alternative test involving examples of relative position and motion was developed. This 30-item planetarium test was used as a pretest and posttest administered to nine classes of SCIS fourth-grade students and six classes of the non-SCIS students (control group). Analysis of covariance was used to test the null hypothesis of no significant difference in adjusted mean scores. Both groups improved their mean scores on the posttest. The SCIS students showed a much greater gain from pretest to posttest, significant at the .05 level. It was concluded that the students enrolled in the SCIS, after having received the material presented in the selected unit, had a significantly greater ability to understand the concepts than a comparable group of students who had not received such instruction. (Author/EB)
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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