ERIC Number: ED045059
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1970-Nov
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Toward Educational Improvement: Engineering 45. Final Report.
Parker, Earl R.
Engineering 45 at the University of California at Berkeley is a basic materials course and prerequisite to the specialized courses taken in the 3rd or 4th year of the engineering curriculum. The course objectives are to provide students with an understanding of the relationship between the internal structures and the properties of engineering materials, and to promote students' understanding of how internal structures can be altered to produce desired properties. To help students understand those course materials whose mastery has been consistently problematic, a series of films and slides were devised. To evaluate the effectiveness of these multimedia, audiovisual techniques, the students taking the course were divided into 3 groups: Group I, the control group, was taught in the usual manner; Group II saw the slides and films, but had no special opportunity to review or discuss them; and Group III saw the slides and films, but had also additional learning assignments using audiovisual techniques. The results indicated that the 3 groups did not differ on their total final examination scores, but did differ on their media-related scores. This report discusses these results, and some additional findings of the study, such as the students' feelings about their learning, their attitude toward learning, student characteristics and the predictive validity of the tests in terms of determining what kind of students should be recruited. The exams, the surveys, and the specifications of the film and slide sets are included in the appendix. (AF)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Los Angeles. Center for the Study of Evaluation.