ERIC Number: ED118351
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973
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Assessing Science Education at the Eighth Grade Level in Selected Public Secondary Schools in North Mississippi.
Ziarko, Jon Charles
This study was directed at developing a model for assessing eighth grade science education in selected schools and using the model to identify procedures that might be used to maximize science achievement of the students. Thirty-four public secondary schools participated in the study. Data were obtained from annual publications, computer printouts, teacher questionnaires, and student response sheets. Two stepwise multiple regression programs were used in processing the data. Variables that were significant at the 0.10 level using the computer t-statistic were selected for the first restricted model, and those at the 0.2 level were selected for the second restricted model. The dependent variable used was the mean score on a science achievement test taken from the National Assessment of Educational Progress in Science, age 13. The independent variables were 10 science classroom variables, 12 teacher variables, and 6 school variables. The results of the study indicated that school officials should hire teachers with advanced degrees, increase the number of science periods taught as part of the total teaching assignment, and reduce the total annual per pupil expenditure. Using the second model, it was suggested that school officials increase the number of textbooks used, use textbooks with earlier copyright dates, and increase the library expenditures per pupil. (Author/EB) Aspect of National Assessment (NAEP) dealt with in this document: Procedures (Replication).
Descriptors: Achievement, Curriculum Evaluation, Doctoral Dissertations, Educational Research, Grade 8, Junior High Schools, Program Evaluation, Science Education, Secondary Education, Secondary School Science
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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Identifiers - Location: Mississippi