ERIC Number: ED427011
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Nov-13
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The Influences of Physical Science Problem-Solving Activities in Teacher Education Programs.
Hamil, Jessie Burnette Wolf
The purpose of this study was to determine the effects of problem-solving activities in physical science classes designed for elementary education majors. A post-test only control group design was used, with 50 students participating during a 5-week treatment period. The experimental group performed problem-solving activities, while the control group did not perform any problem-solving activities. Data collection occurred at the end of the treatment period. Instrumentation consisted of the Test of Integrated Process Skills II and the Problem Solving Inventory. Multiple linear regression analysis indicated that there were significant differences between the experimental group and the control group. The process skill ability mean score was significantly higher for the experimental group than for the control group. There was also a significant relationship between the independent variable of logical reasoning ability and process skill ability. The experimental group had a better perception of their ability to approach their problems and had more confidence in their problem-solving ability, however, the control group had a better perception in the area of personal control. (Contains 10 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (Memphis, TN, November 12-14, 1997).