ERIC Number: ED106111
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Mar
Reference Count: 0
An Evaluation of Student Characteristics as Related to Cognitive Achievement in an Individualized High School Biology Program.
Littlefield, David L.; Gatta, Louis A.
The primary purpose of this study was to investigate the various characteristics of successful and less successful students and to determine what effect these characteristics have on achievement in an individualized learning program. Variables considered were: (1) attitudes, (2) motivation, (3) understandings about science, (4) personality, (5) scholastic ability, and (6) the ability to think critically. This study utilized responses from 406 students enrolled in an individualized learning biology program in a northern Chicago suburb. Utilizing a random sample of 25 percent of the population, a multiple regression equation was developed which was used to obtain a prediction equation in which achievement was the criterion measure. The results reveal that the "high" and "expected" achievers, in contrast to "low" achievers, had (1) a greater ability to think critically, (2) a more conscientious attitude toward school, and (3) they were more resourceful and self-sufficient, as they preferred making their own decisions. It was also found that the "high" achievers, in contrast to both the "expected" and "low" achievers, (1) had a greater interest in school activities, and (2) had a tendency to be less adventurous. (Author/BR)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (48th, Los Angeles, California, March 1975)