ERIC Number: ED115463
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Cognitive Studies with Students in Papua New Guinea. E.R.U. Report 10.
Students in Papua New Guinea experience considerable difficulty in dealing with much of their work--especially in science and mathematics. The ability to achieve some acknowledged level of excellence is dependent upon cognitive factors. During 1972 a series of pilot studies were carried out in various secondary and tertiary institutions to investigate students' basic difficulties and to develop a set of testing procedures. These studies formed a basis for an investigation in 1973. A battery of "logic/quantitative" tests was administered to seven groups of high school and college students. The tests are described and analyzed in detail. A series of interviews were conducted with a substantial sub-sample of the groups that had taken the tests. A full analysis of the results has not yet been carried out. One of the broad findings of the study has been that students in general perform a good deal better (given essentially the same task) in some contexts than in others. It is as important to build upon students' strengths as it is to take steps to remedy weaknesses. Individual students seem to have a preference for a particular context. A project planned for 1974 will investigate the extent to which students have "preferred modes" of information intake and consider the feasibility of presenting materials in alternative forms. (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