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Tobin, Kenneth; Capie, William – Journal of Science and Mathematics Education in Southeast Asia, 1984
To obtain reliable and valid measures of cognitive development in group settings, the Test of Logical Thinking, a paper-and pencil test of formal reasoning ability, was developed. It was administered to high school stuents, and alternate forms were then devised. Applications are discussed. (MNS)
Descriptors: Cognitive Development, Educational Research, Science Education, Science Instruction
Ibrahim, Akbar bin – Journal of Science and Mathematics Education in Southeast Asia, 1984
Attitudes toward science of 654 pupils aged 14-15 were assessed, and relationships between attitude and locality, achievement, and sex studied. Achievement was mildly correlated with attitude, but locality and sex had no influence. Other findings are also discussed. (MNS)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Attitudes, Educational Research, Secondary Education
Wilson, Audrey; Wilson, Michael – Journal of Science and Mathematics Education in Southeast Asia, 1984
A group test of formal thinking was administered to all grade 11 entrants in National High Schools in Papua New Guinea, and readministered two years later. Only 8 percent operated formally on the initial test; two years later, 18 percent were operating formally and 37 percent were at a transition stage. (MNS)
Descriptors: Cognitive Development, Educational Research, Science Instruction, Secondary Education
Gan, Siowck Lee – Journal of Science and Mathematics Education in Southeast Asia, 1984
This study sought to obtain insight into the pattern of relationships between students' achievement in science and study behavior variables. Surveyed were 17-year-olds in the science stream of two secondary schools in Kuala Lumpur. Sex differences were found. (MNS)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Educational Research, Prediction, Science Instruction
Hunting, Robert P. – Journal of Science and Mathematics Education in Southeast Asia, 1984
Twenty-nine students in grades four, six, and eight were asked to find solutions to fraction equivalence problems and to verify their solutions using discrete material. Discontinuities were observed between strategies students used for producing solutions and supporting knowledge grounded in physical reality. (Author/MNS)
Descriptors: Cognitive Processes, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Fractions
Sai, Khoo Phon; Inder, Walter R. D. – Journal of Science and Mathematics Education in Southeast Asia, 1984
Three different models with continuous materials, discontinuous materials, and number lines were used to study the operation concept in six investigations on multiplication with fractions with pupils aged 11-12 in a Penang International School. All approaches could be understood by pupils, but they preferred the area and fractional models. (MNS)
Descriptors: Educational Research, Elementary Education, Elementary School Mathematics, Fractions
Hwa, Quek Ai – Journal of Science and Mathematics Education in Southeast Asia, 1992
Reports a study of the effect of sensitization on randomly selected Malaysian secondary school students' (n=90) attitudes, commitment, and knowledge toward environmental issues. Findings indicated (1) that students were favorably committed to environmental issues despite a poor grasp of environmental knowledge; and (2) that conceptual knowledge is…
Descriptors: Conservation (Environment), Energy, Environmental Education, Foreign Countries
Lynch, P. P.; And Others – Journal of Science and Mathematics Education in Southeast Asia, 1985
The level of meaning (membership, partial association, or generalization) that English-speaking (N=1635) and Hindi-speaking students (N=823) preferred when thinking about each of 16 key concept definitions associated with the theme "the nature of matter" was measured for each concept. Results and implications for science instruction are…
Descriptors: Cognitive Style, Comparative Analysis, Comprehension, Concept Formation
Velayudhan, Devan – Journal of Science and Mathematics Education in Southeast Asia, 1985
Compared performance of Malaysian children with that of English children on a test into the understanding of number concepts. Findings indicate that difficulties of Malaysian children may be quite different from those of English children. Among the difficulties identified were misconceptions about the order of operation in division and…
Descriptors: Arithmetic, Comprehension, Educational Research, Elementary Education
Hill, Douglas M.; And Others – Journal of Science and Mathematics Education in Southeast Asia, 1985
Reports the results of a cross-cultural study of the development of five spatial competencies in samples of Thai and Australian children. The pattern of development was found to be similar for seven- and eight-year-olds but different for four- and five-year-olds. (Author/JN)
Descriptors: Cognitive Development, Educational Research, Elementary Education, Mathematics Education
Salyachivin, Somboon; And Others – Journal of Science and Mathematics Education in Southeast Asia, 1985
The interview-about-instances technique was used to investigate the conceptual frameworks that 17 Form Four Southeast Asian students held about forces acting on an object at rest or in motion. Results show a number of alternate frameworks which are similar to those found in research conducted in western countries. (Author/JN)
Descriptors: Cognitive Development, Comprehension, Concept Formation, Force