ERIC Number: ED049040
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
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A Study of the Effectiveness of an Independent Study Program for a Beginning Course in Earth Science.
Shaver, Paul Merl
This study involved 91 students who made up five sections of General Earth Science all taught by the author at State University College, Oswego, New York. The population was randomly divided into two groups. The experimental group was taught using an independent study program designed and conducted by the author, and the control group used the traditional lecture-discussion techniques and laboratory exercises. The independent study program had these characteristics: no classroom activities, a subject matter outline, an hour a week for discussing laboratory projects, voluntary attendance for viewing earth science films, three one-hour tests and a two-hour final, and a laboratory program requiring a project in meteorology, in astronomy, and 2 in geology planned and carried out by the student. The entire population was pretested and posttested using the New York State College Proficiency Examination in Earth Science. The study did not prove a difference in learning in comparing the independent study program with the traditional program. Students showed a preference for the traditional classroom approach. (PR)
Descriptors: Achievement, College Science, Course Descriptions, Earth Science, Evaluation, Geology, Independent Study, Individualized Instruction, Instruction
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Authoring Institution: Syracuse Univ., NY.
Note: Dissertation Abstract, Syracuse Univ., N.Y.