ERIC Number: ED372965
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
Educational Productivity, Pedagogy and Culture.
Waldrip, Bruce G.; Giddings, Geoffrey J.
The study reported in this paper combined qualitative (observation, interview and case study techniques) and quantitative (questionnaire and survey instruments) methods to examine: (1) the relationship of current teaching practices to a number of variables that affected students' learning in science laboratory classrooms, (2) which factors affected academic success in an external science achievement examination, (3) whether an educational productivity model was applicable to a developing country context, namely Papua New Guinea (PNG). The sample consisted of 3,182 grade 10 students in 46 PNG secondary schools. Overall, boys had a more favorable attitude towards science than girls. Multivariate analysis showed that PNG science academic achievement was related to quality and quantity of instruction, science laboratory learning environment scales and gender. Male students performed better than female students in external science achievement examinations; however, female students scored higher on a practical process test. The study also revealed that PNG science teachers were very didactic in their approach to teaching. An examination of the cultural context provided some help in trying to explain these teaching practices and students' learning patterns. Finally, this study showed that a modified educational productivity model was applicable to the Papua New Guinea context. (ZWH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Curtin Univ. of Technology, Perth (Australia).
Identifiers - Location: Papua New Guinea