ERIC Number: ED265078
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1986
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A Comparison of Instructional Mode on the Attitude and Achievement of Fifth and Sixth Grade Students in Science.
Hider, Rebecca Ann; Rice, Dale R.
This study analyzed the differences in attitude and achievement of fifth- and sixth-grade subjects presented with a series of science lessons directed toward instructional procedures which addressed the right hemisphere, the left hemisphere, or both hemispheric processing modes. The study used 65 randomly selected students divided into four instructional groups. Each group (except the control group) received instruction on a unit dealing with electricity using three different instructional modalities. Pre- and post-test assessment of attitudes and achievement gains were administered. Findings indicate that significant gains in achievement were greatest in the left hemisphere, textbook approach, although this group displayed the lowest gains in attitude. The greatest gains in attitude occurred in the approach utilizing an integrated left-right hemispheric approach; this group also showed significant gains in achievement. The study's conclusions imply that elementary science teachers should alter their instruction to include, along with the textbook approach, hands-on, manipulative activities. In this way both brain processing modes can be utilized to improve both the achievement and attitudes of students in the elementary science classroom. (Author/JN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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