ERIC Number: ED383861
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
The Influence of Agriscience and Natural Resources Curriculum on Students' Science Achievement Scores.
Connors, James J.; Elliot, Jack F.
A study examined the influence of agriscience and natural resources curricula on students' science achievement scores. The High School Subject Test--Biology, a standardized science test, was used to measure the science knowledge of all 156 seniors at 4 Michigan high schools that were randomly selected from those schools completing the state's mandatory restructuring process to offer an agriscience and natural resources program. Information about students' socioeconomic characteristics, grade point averages, and number of science credits earned was obtained from a family information questionnaire and official school transcripts. A multiple regression analysis was conducted to identify relationships existing between the independent variables and the dependent variable (science test score). Enrollment in agriscience and natural resources courses did not significantly affect students' science test scores. Number of science credits completed and overall grade point average were the two variables that explained 43% of the variance in science test scores. It was recommended that local school boards study the possibility of offering science credit for agriscience and natural resource classes containing significant amounts of science objectives and that a similar study including more schools and greater numbers of students be conducted. (Contains 12 references.) (MN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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