ERIC Number: ED197715
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
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Attitude Change in a Developing Country Toward Individualized Instruction.
Schmid, Richard F.; Nunez Blanco, Marielena W.
This study was conducted to investigate the cultural implications involved in introducing individualized instructional techniques in a developing country, and to assess the effectiveness of slide-tape methods on cognitive, affective, and production quality variables, using a combination of standard evaluation procedures and experimental design. An informative slide-tape show was presented to high school teachers with the intent of increasing their knowledge of and changing their attitudes toward individualized instruction. The presentation included 15 minutes of audio description accompanied by supporting visuals--photos, drawings, and captions--covering four features of individualized instruction: basic characteristics of generation and effectiveness, the advantages for student learning, the advantages for teacher involvement, and the specific role of the teacher. The production was found to have significantly increased learning and positively altered attitudes, especially for more experienced teachers; current teacher-training programs were found to have discouraged alternative education. While generally receptive, teachers still could not envision their role in implementing individualized instruction. (Author/MER)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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