ERIC Number: ED249975
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Jun
Reference Count: 0
It Figures: A Survey of Users. Research Report 92.
Agency for Instructional Television, Bloomington, IN.
A series of 28 15-minute video programs in mathematics designed for use in grade 4, It Figures uses a combination of drama and animation to focus on mathematical skills, ideas, and problem-solving strategies. This instructional television series has been used in the United States and Canada since 1982, and a survey of selected teachers using It Figures was conducted in December 1983 to assess their reactions to the programs. Of the sample of 117 teachers, 66 (65%) responded to the survey, which was divided into 5 sections: (1) teachers' backgrounds; (2) how teachers discovered and used It Figures; (3) perceived cognitive and attitudinal effects of It Figures; (4) teachers' reactions to the teacher's guide; and (5) overall reactions to the series. For each section of the survey, findings for several items are presented graphically and their implications are discussed. The teachers reported using It Figures in diverse ways encompassing the means by which they received the series, how they integrated it with their mathematics curriculum, and even the grade levels with which they used it. Notwithstanding the diverse implementation patterns, these teachers consistently reported positive perceptions of the series' impact. Conclusions and recommendations for further research, a reference list, a list of the It Figures consortium, and the survey instrument are included. (THC)
Descriptors: Course Evaluation, Educational Research, Educational Television, Grade 4, Graphs, Intermediate Grades, Mathematics Instruction, National Surveys, Programing (Broadcast), Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Use Studies, Videotape Recordings
Agency for Instructional Technology, Box A, Bloomington, IN 47402 ($2.50 per copy).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Agency for Instructional Television, Bloomington, IN.
Note: For other reports in this series, see IR 011 413-418.