ERIC Number: ED271490
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Impact on Students' Social Studies Achievement of Students' Use of Questions and Algorithms.
Hunkins, Francis P.
The central objective of this study was to determine the effects of formal training in the use and types of questions and in the nature and use of algorithms on middle school students' achievement in economic geography. Subjects were 190 eighth grade students in a large metropolitan school district. Three experimental groups received either: (1) packets of materials dealing with algorithms and questions; (2) packets on algorithms; or (3) packets on questions. After reacting to the experimental material and economic geography packet, all subjects took an achievement posttest developed by the investigator. The results indicated that students who received training in algorithms differed significantly from students who lacked such training. However, students who had training in algorithms did significantly less well than those students who received training only in questions or did not receive any training at all. The results do not suggest that algorithm training and question training are significantly more beneficial to student achievement than regular teaching, but the benefit may be found in other qualities such as an increased awareness of knowledge production, rather than in the dependent variable of achievement. (PN)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (70th, San Francisco, CA, April 16-20, 1986).