A study of concept acquisition and development in children at 8 and11 years using five assessment of performance unit APU science tests30 children from each age group completed the tests and 15 from eachgroup were interviewed. The oral and written responses were analysed. Itwas found that the languages of experience, as opposed tothe language of schooling, issues were a salient featureof the childrens oral responses. Misconceptions were evident in writtenand oral responses of both age groups. Results indicated that Piagetsstage theory still has a significant contribution to make to scienceteaching. Oral testing must be given due stress in assessing pupilachievement.
International Journal of Educational Management – Emerald Publishing
Published: Mar 1, 1990