ERIC Number: ED115461
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-May
Reference Count: N/A
The Concept of Proportionality as a Predictor of Success at the University of Papua and New Guinea. E.R.U. Report 6.
A main problem encountered by science and mathematics students at secondary and tertiary institutions throughout Papua New Guinea is that of dealing with ratio and proportion. The problem is most clearly defined in science, since this is the area in which the quantitative manipulation of physical variables is most frequently carried out. An important functional relationship existing between variables is that of direct proportionality. A pilot investigation of the abilities underlying the understanding of proportionality and its effect on academic success was carried out with a group of university students. Paper and pencil tests on proportionality were modelled broadly along that of Lovell and Butterworth and were administered. The statistical technique used was factor analysis. The data indicated that (1) results in particular subjects at the university are fairly good predictors of other subject results at the university; (2) Form IV results have some worth as predictors of success in preliminary year at the university; (3) some proportionality test items are useful predictors of success at the university; and (4) there are some very interesting relations concerning the university English sub-scores structures, reading comprehension, and listening comprehension. (LS)
Descriptors: Educational Research, Higher Education, Instruction, Mathematics, Prediction, Ratios (Mathematics), Science Education, Sciences, Secondary Education, Secondary School Science, Success
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Papua and New Guinea Univ., Port Moresby. Educational Research Unit.
Identifiers - Location: Papua New Guinea