ERIC Number: ED229249
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
Development and Evaluation of the SUMIT Microcomputer Module Entitled 'Predator Functional Response'.
Shaltz, Mark B.
An experiment was conducted that compared the teaching effectiveness of a computer assisted instructional module and a lecture-discussion. The module, Predator Functional Response (PFR), was developed as part of the SUMIT (Single-concept User-adaptable Microcomputer-based Instructional Technique) project. A class of 30 students was randomly divided into two groups, one which ran the module and the other which attended a lecture on the same material. Both groups were then given a posttest, and the results analyzed using analysis of covariance and individual item analysis. No significant differences were found between the groups. The implications of these results to microcomputers and to teachers are discussed, with the conclusion that although microcomputers are effective teaching instruments, they should be incorporated into the classroom situation with care and forethought. Provided in appendices are PFR documentation, performance objectives, the posttest, the random division program used to separate the students into two groups, lecture transcript, analysis of covariance, and PFR program listings (for Apple microcomputers). (JN)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Animal Behavior, Biology, College Science, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Programs, Conventional Instruction, Higher Education, Instructional Materials, Lecture Method, Material Development, Microcomputers, Science Education, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Zoology
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Michigan Technological Univ., Houghton. Dept. of Biological Sciences.
Identifiers: National Science Foundation; Science Education Research
Note: Report submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science in Biological Sciences. Some material may not reproduce well.