ERIC Number: ED040928
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1969
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Reactions of College Students to a Science Education Proficiency Module.
Ricker, Kenneth S.; Hawkins, Michael L.
A study was conducted to determine the feasibility of using proficiency modules (PMs) to instruct students in an elementary science education class. A PM entitled "Magnetism, Electricity, Heat and Microscopic Viewing in Science Instruction" was prepared which described performance behaviors and a variety of learning activities that would enable a student to acquire them: a laboratory practicum, attendant readings, individual and small group instruction sessions. The 17 senior student subjects were given copies of the PM and of a laboratory handbook written to guide them in the laboratory practicum. Each was responsible for selecting the learning activities that would best help him to acquire each performance behavior. Subjects evaluated the program by answering six specific questions regarding number of activities completed, amount of reading, number of small group sessions attended, size of learning stations, and organization of the handbook and of the program. Analysis and interpretation of the data led to these conclusions: (1) all students in the trial group reacted positively toward the program; (2) interest was generated in the laboratory practicum, 15 of the 17 completing all activities described in the handbook; (3) the PM permitted students to work individually, with indication that individual differences were met as students worked at a rate according to their abilities and desires. (Student answers to questions are appended.) (JS)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Georgia Univ., Athens. Coll. of Education.