The Importance Of Achievement In Science

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The use of graphs, diagrams, equations, prototypes, manipulatives, simulations, and other forms of conceptual models provide teachers and students with tools that can enhance the learning experience in advanced science classes. At first glance, it would seem that achievement in science should directly correlate with mathematics achievement because of the mathematics skills often needed to construct graphs or solve mathematical equations common in physical science disciplines. Upon further study, it seems the mathematical ability specifically related to geometry, scale, and orientation are most likely to accurately predict achievement in science classes like physics and chemistry (Pallrand & Seeber, 1984). It seems a student’s spatial ability highly correlates to achievement in science classes (Johnstone, 2006; Pallrand & Seeber, …show more content…
Through a test-retest design, one psychology-based research study investigated performance solving problems involving spatial coordinates so that a relationship between FDI and the ability to make accurate predictions about spatial coordinates could be established (Hicks & Lindgren, 1985). Most interestingly, the study utilized two instruments to assess FDI. A variation of the Group Embedded Figures Test was used to account for student FI tendencies, while an object placement test was used to indirectly measure a participant’s FD level as well as spatial coordinate judgement. The authors found that the scores on the GEFT and object placement test had a negative correlation, as they expected (Hicks & Lindgren, 1985). The authors concluded that while life experiences and practice with visual representations might influence they ability to successful orient shapes and objects within an image, FDI and spatial ability were closely linked to one

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