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ERIC Number: EJ854279
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0126-7663
Acquisition of Science Process Skills amongst Form 3 Students in Malaysian Smart and Mainstream Schools
Tek, Ong Eng; Ruthven, Kenneth
Journal of Science and Mathematics Education in Southeast Asia, v28 n1 p103-124 2005
This article reports the relative effect of smart and mainstream schooling on students' acquisition of science process skills which was measured using TIPS-II(M)--the Malay version of Burns, Okey, and Wise's (1985) Test of Integrated Process Skills II. Using students' primary-school science achievement results in the Standardized National Examination (SNE) as covariate, the data collected were analyzed using MANCOVA. The results indicated that the overall integrated science process skills achievement of students who had participated in the Smart Schools was statistically significantly higher than the overall performance of students in the Mainstream Schools. However, the follow-up univariate ANCOVA tests indicated that the overall performance was contributed by only four scales, namely Identifying Variables (IdV), Identifying Testable Hypothesis (ITH), Data and Graph Interpretation (DGI), and Experimental Design (ED). While the significant group differences in IdV, ITH, and ED could be interpreted in a straightforward manner, the group difference in DGI was moderated by class level. The article concludes with a discussion of the findings and recommendations for future research. (Contains 1 figure and 7 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Malaysia