ERIC Number: ED050551
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Nov-1
Reference Count: 0
Multi-Media Simulation of Laboratory Experiments in a Basic Physics Lesson on Magnetism.
Graham, Darol; And Others
A computer-assisted instruction (CAI) physics lesson on magnetism was supplemented with slides and film loops to provide a simulated encounter with simple magnetism experiments. Two groups of students took the CAI lesson, but one group viewed the simulated experiments, while the other group performed the actual laboratory experiments. Since neither of the instructional modes led to posttest performance indicating lesson mastery, the data was further examined in an attempt to identify program weakness. Possible sequence-related difficulties were considered in the light of evidence pertaining to positive transfer. A hierarchy of "conceptual levels" was predicted for the lesson and used as a basis for an analysis of transfer effects. Although inconclusive, the evidence seemed to indicate positive transfer in the predicted manner and suggested resequencing the lesson as an initial step toward making learning optimal. Student opinion favored the use of the simulated experiments as a welcome change of pace from usual classroom activities. (JY)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Naval Research, Arlington, VA. Personnel and Training Research Programs Office.
Authoring Institution: Florida State Univ., Tallahassee. Computer-Assisted Instruction Center.
Note: CAI Center Tech Memo Number 25