ERIC Number: ED249947
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Reference Count: 0
A Summary of the "ThinkAbout" Cluster Evaluation: Collection Information.
Carrozza, Fay; Jochums, Brenda
A 1978 field test evaluated the 3-program "Collecting Information" cluster of ThinkAbout, a series of 60 15-minute instructional television programs for fifth and sixth graders designed to strengthen reasoning skills and to review and reinforce language arts, mathematics, and study skills. Conducted in 60 classrooms in Kansas City, Missouri, Syracuse, New York, and Knoxville, Tennessee, the study focused on the use of the cluster and its impact on teachers, students, and the classroom process. Teacher orientation, student testing condition, and grade level were used as variables, and data collection methods included classroom observation, written questionnaires and interviews to assess student outcomes, and written questionnaires to obtain teacher reactions. It was concluded that classroom utilization of the cluster met the project's expectation for use, i.e., teachers and students discussed appropriate topics related to the cluster and engaged in relevant activities, and use of the cluster has a focusing and organizing effect on student cognitive structure relating to specific techniques for collecting information. (Author/LMM)
Descriptors: Educational Television, Elementary Education, Field Tests, Information Seeking, Intermediate Grades, Interviews, Observation, Problem Solving, Questionnaires, Skill Development, Teacher Attitudes, Television Research, Television Viewing, Use Studies
Agency for Instructional Technology, Box A, Bloomington, IN 47402 (free while supply lasts).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Agency for Instructional Television, Bloomington, IN.
Note: For related documents, see IR 011 390-398.