ERIC Number: ED096108
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973
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The study of the Cognitive Development of Science Students in Introductory Level Courses.
Griffiths, David H.
Investigated was the assumption that college students are fully capable, by the time they enter college, of operating at the level of formal thought. The subjects selected for this study were students in chemistry and physics courses at a state university and an inner-city community college. Each student was tested with a Piegetian task to ascertain level of cognitive development. Sessions were recorded on tape for analysis. Randomly selected tapes were given to persons familiar with Piagetian scoring methods but not with the hypothesis of the study. Science faculty members scored them from the framework of the students' intuitive grasp of the science concepts involved. Results showed that the total sample failed to meet the Piagetian criterion that 75 percent should have scored at the stage III B. Only 39 percent scored at this level. A nonparametric analysis indicated no significant differences in the subjects' performances. No significant differences were found in the performances of distinctly different racial subsamples. Subjects possessing a technical vocabulary, but not the formal stage of operations, were severely limited in their performance with the experimental equipment. (Author/EB)
Descriptors: Cognitive Development, College Students, Doctoral Dissertations, Educational Research, Learning Processes, Physics, Science Education, Science Instruction
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