ERIC Number: ED115462
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Expectations of Regularity in Primary School Pupils. E.R.U. Report 8.
Jones, John; Wilson, Michael
There is much concern at present among those engaged in science education in Papua New Guinea over the difficulties which students have with basic concepts and manipulations in science and mathematics--especially with ratio and proportion. Papua New Guinean students may have difficulty in science because the basic assumption that the world is regular, which is so striking in Western man's environment, is less easy to make for someone from a natural environment. To test the hypothesis that students from a traditional environment show a lower expectation of regularity, a series of principal situations from each of which a pattern of events emerged were set up. The five situations or tests are explained in detail. The regularity tests were carried out using primary school children from three distinct populations: (1) coastal children who were familiar with an urban environment, (2) highlands children from a remote area, and (3) Australian children who were born and raised in a Western environment. The results indicated there were no significant overall differences between the three groups. (LS)
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