ERIC Number: ED347316
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-May-15
Reference Count: 0
An Evaluation of the Applied Mathematics and Applied Communication Demonstration Sites in Indiana. Final Research Report.
Pepple, Jerry; O'Connor, Frank
Implementation of nationally developed applied academics curriculum packages at 16 pilot sites in Indiana was evaluated. Settings were urban and rural and included comprehensive high schools and vocational centers. Data were compiled from 8 applied mathematics and 9 applied communication teachers and from 559 students. The primary goal was to determine the effectiveness of applied academics curriculum materials in integrating academics and boosting academic achievement and occupational preparation in secondary schools. Teachers and students completed questionnaire survey forms; teachers completed evaluations of the applied materials as they used the modules/units; and participating students and comparison groups of students completed either the applied communications assessment or mathematics achievement assessment as pre- and post-tests. The applied mathematics control and experimental groups reported gains from pre- to posttesting, 3.02 and 7.06, respectively. The applied mathematics group outperformed the control group in all but one of seven goals. The applied communications students reported an overall gain of 17 percent; positive gains were recorded in each of eight modules tested. (Appendixes, amounting to almost three-fourths of the report, include site descriptions, student survey data, and results of the evaluations of the applied mathematics and applied communication modules.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Education, Communication (Thought Transfer), Demonstration Programs, Educational Research, High Schools, Mathematical Applications, Mathematics, Media Research, Pretests Posttests, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Indiana State Dept. of Education, Indianapolis. Vocational Education Section.
Authoring Institution: Wabash Valley Vocational Cooperative, Clinton, IN.
Identifiers: Applied Communication; Applied Mathematics