Rodney, Y.; Soyibo, Kola
Author Affiliation, Ana.
Department of Educational Studies
Effects of lecture, teacher demonstrations, practical work and discussion on Jamaican fourth-graders' attitude to science and knowledge of machines and water
Journal of education and development in the Caribbean
Date of Publication
Investigates whether or not the involvement of some primary school students in practical work, to supplement their being taught by a combination of the lecture method, teacher's demostrations and class discussion significantly improved their attitudes to science and their knowledge of machines and water. The sample comprised 180 Jamaican 4th- graders in two urban primary schools. Attitudes to science questionnaire and knowledge of machines and water test were used to collect data. The results showed that there was no statistically significant difference in the students' post-test mean scores on their attitude to science linked to treatment, but treatment resulted in about 14 % and 20 % improvement in the experimental and comparison students' attitude to science, respectively: and, there were no significant gender differences in their KMWTscores. Nevertheless, the post-test KMWT performance of the experimental students linked to treatment and attitudes to science; and there was a positive, statistically significant but weak relationship between the subjects' (a) treatment, and (b) post-test attitudes to science and their post-test KMWT scores.....