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Programed Laboratory Instruction for Non-Science Curricula Students in College Physics.
McLendon, Alvin Lee
Evaluated was the effectiveness of programed materials developed to present elementary college physics experiments in mechanics to non-science college majors. The group working with the materials were compared with a group receiving instruction in a conventional lecture-demonstration situation. No significant differences were detected between the groups on a final examination, a laboratory performance test, and a written laboratory test. Inferences drawn included (1) tactile training can be merged effectively with programed learning, (2) manipulative skills can be taught effectively with programed materials, (3) laboratory performance tests increase the variability of the grades and are effective research instruments in evaluating instructional outcomes, and (4) students participate equally as well in class and laboratory activities when using programed materials for laboratory instruction as when instructed in the laboratory by a conventional method. Subjective evaluations indicated favorable student reactions to the method, less confusion in the laboratory, better individual work, and little evidence of boredom and monotony. Moreover, it was felt that manipulative responses of the students gave the instructor feedback for laboratory learning effectiveness. (GR)
Descriptors: College Science, Doctoral Dissertations, General Education, Individual Instruction, Instruction, Physics, Programed Instruction, Science Activities, Undergraduate Study
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Authoring Institution: Auburn Univ., AL.