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ERIC Number: ED227818
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Improving Teaching on Television: The Utility of Direct Instructional Principles.
O'Loughlin, Michael; White, Mary Alice
To examine the influences of direct instructional principles on student learning, this study compared the results of using two different versions of an instructional television program. One version consisted of a randomly-selected ITV science program from the Educational Broadcasting Corporation's science series, "Odyssey," while the second version was a revision of the original program in which the commentary had been altered to conform more closely to the principles of direct instruction. These principles include (1) provision of clear goals; (2) extensive content coverage; (3) easy-to-difficult sequencing; (4) reviews; and (5) cues for attention-focusing. Subjects were 283 children from four lower-middle class fourth, fifth, and sixth grades. Results showed that the experimental group, who viewed the revised program, performed significantly better on a content test. It was concluded that the direct instructional model deserves further consideration. (LMM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Direct Instruction
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (Washington, DC, August 23-27, 1982).