An assessment of selected geographic skills attained by grade five students in Newfoundland

Pack, Russell (1979) An assessment of selected geographic skills attained by grade five students in Newfoundland. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to assess the attainment of grade five students in eight geographic skills. -- Six grade five classes involving 199 students were chosen from the Avalon North Integrated School District. Students were tested early in their grade five year on skills which were included in the grade four geography course. A forty-item, four-foil, multiple choice test was developed by the researcher. The test attempted to assess student attainment in determining location, scale direction and elevation on maps, reading a grid map, reading horizontal and vertical graphs, and interpreting information from maps and diagrams. A level of attainment of 80 percent was selected as being acceptable for each skill area. -- Analysis of the test results involved computing the mean percentage scores of all students in each skill area. Using a t-test, an analysis was made of the differences between the mean scores of boys and girls in each of the skill areas. -- The results indicated that the students’ level of attainment was well below the 80 percent level in all skill areas with the exception of reading a grid map. The analysis of the differences between the mean scores of boys and girls found a significant difference in only one skill area - reading horizontal graphs. This difference was in favour of the girls.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/7742
Item ID: 7742
Additional Information: Bibliography: leaves 65-69
Department(s): Education, Faculty of
Date: 1979
Date Type: Submission
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Maps; Geography--Study and teaching (Elementary)

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