ERIC Number: ED037356
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Mar
Reference Count: 0
An Exploration of Alternative Methods for Teaching Large Sections of General Education Biology.
Bell, Paul E.
This project examined the effectiveness of the three-lecture-per-week method of teaching general education biology as compared with six alternative approaches involving various reductions in weekly class attendance. In three of the experimental groups lectures were reduced in number and supplemented by readings, quiz sessions or study guides; in the other three attendance at lectures was not required, students were assigned readings, met in seminars, or were tutored by other students. Tape recordings of lectures and review sessions were available to all students. Students in all groups were administrated a pre-course examination, two midterm achievement examinations, and final tests of content, attitude to science and scientists, and attitude to the course. No significant differences were found on the attitude measures. On the final content test all experimental groups achieved significantly higher than the control section. It was noted that the students' expressed approval of an instructional method was not always supported by their use of the method when available. (EB)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park.
Identifiers: Allison Science Attitude Scale
Note: Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (43rd, Minneapolis, Minne., March 5-8, 1970)