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ERIC Number: EJ1017289
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1303-0485
Longitudinal Investigation of Elementary Students' Science Academic Achievement in 4-8th Grades: Grade Level and Gender Differences
Bursal, Murat
Educational Sciences: Theory and Practice, v13 n2 p1151-1156 Spr 2013
This study investigated the change of the science academic achievement by grade level and gender where 222 elementary students' science and technology course scores between the 4th and 8th grades and science success percentages in 6th and 8th grades Level Determination Exam were longitudinally analyzed. Based on the findings of this study, consistent with the results of the national achievement tests, a significant decrease was observed in elementary students' science academic achievement as their grade level increased. From the analysis of the changes in science academic achievement by gender, a significant difference between the 4-8th grade science scores was found out. Based on the comparisons for each grade level, girls were consistently found to have at least slightly higher science success than boys; furthermore, it was observed that this difference became statistically significant as the grade level increased. In light of the findings of this study, recommendations were listed for enhancing the low science academic achievement of elementary students, and about closing the gap between genders, which was emphasized among the goals of the new science and technology teaching program.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 4; Grade 5; Grade 6; Grade 7; Grade 8
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Turkey
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Program for International Student Assessment; Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study
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