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ERIC Number: ED041726
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Mar-6
Pages: 17
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An Experimental Study of the Use of Programmed Instruction in a University Physical Science Laboratory.
Barnes, Marjorie R.
Presented are the procedures, results, and conclusions of a study designed to compare the effectiveness of programed instructional materials with that of conventional materials in university physical science laboratory classes. The subjects were students enrolled in two similar freshmen-level physical science general education courses who were non-randomly assigned to the experimental and control groups. The control group students used the conventional manual for the laboratory experiments while the experimental group students used the programed instructional materials for four out of seven investigations. The subjects were pretested on the Scholastic Aptitude Test and an investigator-constructed physical science test. Final measures included scores on the physical science test, scores on a lab-test, laboratory grades and course grades. Attitudinal measures were also administered to the experimental group students. Major findings were: (1) students can achieve equally well on physical science subject matter written evaluative measures whether they use programed laboratory materials on conventional materials, (2) students can achieve equally well in laboratory performance with either one of the materials, and (3) both students and instructors preferred programed to conventional material. (LC)
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (43rd, Minneapolis, Minne., March 5-8, 1970)