ERIC Number: ED183377
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: 0
Effects of Science Instructional Method Upon Cognitive Development.
Cohen, Herbert G.
This study investigated the effects of certain types of science experiences ("hands-on" versus "non-hands-on") on the development of selected cognitive abilities as inferred by performance on Piagetian-type tasks. Thirty-six students from first, third, and fifth grades were randomly chosen as subjects. Eighteen of the students from each grade level had "hands-on" science experience, while the other 18 students were classified as "non-hands-on" students. Six Piagetian-type tasks were individually administered to each subject. Analysis of the data indicates no differences in the cognitive abilities of the two groups, as measured by the six tasks described. The author suggests three possible reasons for this finding. (MK)
Descriptors: Cognitive Ability, Cognitive Development, Cognitive Tests, Educational Experience, Elementary Education, Elementary School Mathematics, Elementary School Science, Manipulative Materials, Research, Science Activities, Science Curriculum, Science Instruction, Student Experience, Teaching Methods
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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