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ERIC Number: EJ833097
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 47
ISSN: ISSN-0950-0693
Same Science for All? Interactive Association of Structure in Learning Activities and Academic Attainment Background on College Science Performance in the USA
Tai, Robert H.; Sadler, Philip M.
International Journal of Science Education, v31 n5 p675-696 Mar 2009
This US study investigates interactive associations between structure in inquiry-type learning activities and academic attainment in high school science with introductory college science performance as the outcome. Past studies of this type have tended to use smaller samples and shorter-range methods of assessing the influence of interactions. This study used a large-scale nationally representative sampling of science students and investigated the existence of long-range associations between high school and college. Replicated across three different disciplinary data-sets (biology, chemistry, and physics) totaling over 8,000 surveys, the analysis discovered an interaction between structure and attainment associated with differences in long-range student performance. The implications for these findings in terms of theory and practise are discussed in the conclusions. (Contains 5 figures, 6 tables and 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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