ERIC Number: ED049084
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967
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The Use of Programed Instruction for Teaching Anthropology in the Fifth Grade.
The study was undertaken to compare the achievement of a group of fifth grade students studying anthropology from a programed text, designed by the investigator, with a group of fifth grade students being taught by means of traditional classroom material prepared by the Anthropology Curriculum Project of the University of Georgia. Post-treatment achievement and learning time were the principal dependent variables of interest. Subjects were 320 students in 14 classes; 6 classes were assigned to the control group (traditional) and 8 to the experimental group. All were initially tested with the California Reading Test Elementary Form W, and a specially prepared subject matter pretest. Analysis of variance revealed no significant difference between the two groups on either pretest. In addition, all classes were given a specially prepared subject matter posttest after completion of the unit. The variables of interest in the analysis of variance of the posttest scores were: treatment, sex, race, reading level, treatment by sex, treatment by race, and treatment by reading level. These conclusions were indicated: 1) no significant differences in performance between the control and experimental groups; 2) race and reading level were significant predictors of performance on the posttest; and, 3) students using a programed text completed their study of the anthropology unit in 50% less time. (Author/SBE)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Anthropology, Comparative Analysis, Conventional Instruction, Elementary Education, Grade 5, Performance Factors, Programed Instruction, Racial Factors, Reading Level, Social Studies, Time Factors (Learning)
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Authoring Institution: Georgia Univ., Athens.
Identifiers: Anthropology Curriculum Project