Issue: 1974 Volume 16

(12) An Interim Evaluation of the Pinellas County Reading System

Thomas S. Tocco
Pinellas County Schools

Steven Iachini
Pinellas County Schools

John A. Blank
Pinellas County Schools

Jacqueline Blank
Pinellas County Schools

Abstract: A brief report of the results of evaluating reading achievement in a county school system is given. Gains by ability and grades on both vocabulary and comprehension are designated as significantly higher, as expected or significantly lower. The Gates-MacGinitie test and statistical procedures were employed on these 1552 students.

Citation: Toccoa, T. S., Iachini, S., Blank, J. A., & Blank, J. (1974). An interim evaluation of the Pinellas county reading system. Florida Journal of Educational Research, 16(1), 35-38.

Download: Tocco.161.pdf (5 downloads)





(11) Reasons for Attending College as Reported by Female Students in a Southern University

Fred Schab
University of Georgia

Abstract: A random sample of 791 female students at the University of Georgia were asked to select from a list of 20 possible motives, the five most important reasons why they decided to attend college, and the five most important reasons why they thought other students (male and female) had decided to attend. The reasons selected by the subjects for their own attendance were generally reflective of traditional societal values (e.g., occupational training, intellectual improvement). Motives attributed to other female students were generally self-indulgent (e. g., finding husbands, pleasing parents, having fun). Those attributed to male students included occupational training as the most important, followed by self-indulgent reasons (e. g., postponing settling down, having fun).

Citation: Schab, F. (1974). Reasons for attending college as reported by female students in a southern university. Florida Journal of Educational Research, 16(1), 55-66.

Download:  Schab.161.pdf (4 downloads)

(10) On Validating Learning Hierarchies

E. Ray Phillips
University of South Florida

Robert B. Kane
Purdue University

Abstract: Using Gagne’s task analysis a learning hierarchy for whole number addition was constructed. Based on the logical ordering of the subtasks, a test was constructed to assess mastery at each level. A second test was constructed using a randomization of the same items. Both tests were administered to 111 elementary school children in grades 3 through 6. Analysis of transfer between adjacent items using the P statistic (proportion of positive transfer) validated both the hypothesized sequencing and the randomly ordered subordinate levels. Results indicate this procedure is not a sufficient criterion for ordering the subordinate levels of a learning hierarchy using test data.

Citation: Phillips, E. R., & Kane, R. B. (1974). On validating learning hierarchies. Florida Journal of Educational Research, 16(1), 39-43.

Download:  Phillips.161.pdf (5 downloads)

(9) Information Intermix: a Teaching-Learning Strategy for the Biology Class

Peter W. Keelin
Florida State University

Barney Barker
Florida State University

Don Rapp
Florida State University

Abstract: Information intermix, a student-centered teaching approach designed for the acquisition of academic content without denying the social and emotional elements of students. was used with four groups of 24-27 high school biology students. Questionnaire responses indicated that a statistically significant majority of the students favored the approach.

Citation: Keelin, P. W., Barker, B., & Rapp, D. (1974). Information intermix: a teaching-learning strategy for the biology class. Florida Journal of Educational Research, 16(1), 44-49.

Download:  Keelin.161.pdf (3 downloads)

(8) The Correlation of Selected Mathematical Measures with Problem Solving Ability

E. Ray Phillips
University of South Florida

A. Edward Uprichard
University of South Florida

Herbert L. Johnson
Pinellas County Schools

Abstract: The ability to solve word problems in algebra by eighth and ninth graders was studied in relation to five selected variables (attitude toward math, algebraic skills, critical thinking, translation, and problem analysis). Algebraic skills and analysis of word problems correlated with ability to solve the problems. Additional findings are discussed.

Citation: Phillips, E. R. (1974). The correlation of selected mathematical measures with problem solving ability. Florida Journal of Educational Research, 16(1), 3-11.

Download:  Phillips1.161.pdf (4 downloads)