ERIC Number: ED389262
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Integrating the Concept Attainment Teaching Model and Videodisk Images.
Nelson, Mike; Pan, Alex
An instructional program was constructed that explored the responses and perceptions of preservice elementary school teachers while finding and using characteristics to construct categories or concepts. The program integrated ideas about teaching thinking skills using computers. HyperCard and videodisk images were used to develop a program so that students could organize and explore concepts based on the concept attainment model, which helps students learn to determine the characteristics of a category. Of 52 preservice elementary teachers viewing the pilot program during a science teaching methods course, 36 students indicated a preference for using a partistic strategy of alternating examples and nonexamples, and 16 preferred a holistic approach in which a set of examples preceded nonexamples. When 26 preservice elementary teachers participated in a second study that compared the construction of categories from line drawings and from the videodisk pictures, it was found that use of line drawings influenced the type of information they recorded. The preservice teachers thought that concept attainment was appropriate for the elementary school curriculum. Further studies will investigate the factors that affect elementary students' responses to a concept attainment task. (Contains 3 figures, 6 tables, and 10 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Concept Attainment Strategy; HyperCard; Preservice Teachers
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, October 1995).