ERIC Number: ED139610
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Mar
Reference Count: 0
An Analysis of Cognitive Style Profiles and Related Science Achievement Among Secondary School Students.
Ogden, William R.; Brewster, Patricia M.
The purpose of this study was to identify cognitive styles for successful and unsuccessful science students at the secondary level. Additional purposes were to identify common and unique elements in these composite cognitive styles and to substantiate the description of the groups of successful and unsuccessful science students according to the variables: science achievement, knowledge of the processes of science, and attitude toward science. Sex differences were also considered. The sample included 351 tenth, eleventh, and twelfth grade students. Each student was administered the Test of Academic Progress, the Wisconsin Inventory of Science Processes, and an adaptation of the Hartman Science Attitude Test. The cognitive style of each individual was mapped using the Cognitive Style Mapping Booklet. Statistical analysis showed significant differences for nine sets of variables, including: (1) achievement in science for successful and unsuccessful science students; (2) cognitive styles of successful and unsuccessful science students at the secondary level; (3) cognitive styles of male and female successful and unsuccessful students; and (4) cognitive styles of successful and unsuccessful science students at different grade levels in the secondary school. (MH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (50th, Cincinnati, Ohio, March 22-24, 1977)