Changes of Correlational Reasoning Patterns of Middle School Students Through the Correlational Reasoning Activities

상관논리 활동을 통한 중학생들의 상관논리 유형 변화

  • Published : 2002.12.30


The main purpose of this study is to investigate whether the correlational reasoning activities could improve middle school students' correlational reasoning abilities. The subjects were 8th grade students, and the correlational reasoning activities of the CASE(cognitive acceleration through science education) program was intervened to the experimental group(n=111) during science class while usual science instruction was given to the control group(n=55). The correlational reasoning test was administered before and after the intervention. The pre-test results showed that most of subjects performed poorly in correlation problems and no significant differences were found between the two groups. In the post-test, the experimental group showed enhanced performance while the control group did not. Therefore it can be concluded that CASE program activities help the students to improve correlational reasoning ability. However, the proportions of students gave correct response were not so high: 27% for the multiple-choice item and about 6% for the essay-type items.


correlational reasoning;CASE program;cognitive level


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