ERIC Number: ED258793
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Apr
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Research of the Learning Cycle with the Anthropological Model.
Heard, Suzanne Bryan; Marek, Edmund A.
Relationships between an inquiry-oriented science inservice education program and teacher implementation of workshop-developed materials were investigated. Workshop topics included Piagetian learning theory, creating classrooms conducive to implementing inquiry-oriented science programs, use of the learning cycle, and matching learning activities to students' developmental stages. Workshop participants were matched with a control group of teachers who utilized the exposition method (reading and memorizing science concepts). A pretest-posttest design was used to measure the effects of the workshop on teaching methodology and on the knowledge organization and cognitive performance level of their students. These students were interviewed utilizing three Piagetian tasks (liquid, length, and weight) and nine objects (such as a marble) which they were to describe. Comparisons between the groups were made, noting the intellectual developmental levels and the language used when describing the objects. Since this research involved a thorough analysis of both the classroom environment and student interviews, an anthropological approach was used (with posttest data being collected during May 1985). Two findings from pretest data are these: intellectual development of experimental and control group students was approximately the same and experimental students could utilize property words better than control group students. (Author/JN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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