ERIC Number: EJ919823
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Feb
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 19
How to Facilitate Teachers' Understanding of Hypotheses and Predictions?
Interchange: A Quarterly Review of Education, v42 n1 p51-58 Feb 2011
The objective of this study was to facilitate inservice high school and university teachers' understanding of the difference between the terms "hypothesis" and "prediction." The context for understanding these terms was Columbus's discovery of America (as in the previous study). Control group teachers (N = 94) were evaluated before the discussion of these terms, whereas Experimental group teachers (N = 102) were evaluated after these terms had been fully discussed and elaborated in class. Results, based on written responses, showed that the Experimental group performed better than the Control group in elaborating both "hypothesis" and "prediction." The difference was, however, statistically significant only for "prediction". Despite improvement, almost 50% of the teachers still had difficulty in formulating a "hypothesis" and 40% in formulating a "prediction."
Descriptors: Prediction, Secondary School Teachers, College Faculty, Inservice Teacher Education, Comprehension
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education; High Schools; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education
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