ERIC Number: ED063266
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Large Group Instruction Through Concept Development. Final Report.
The intent of this project was to utilize in a unique way some of the recent thinking and research on the teaching learning process so that the lecture method might be replaced by a more effective instructional model. The area of instruction was physical science for the non-science college student. At each meeting a single concept was presented as follows: 1) As the students entered the lecture hall each received a set of mimeographed materials. The materials consisted of from 17-22 multiple choice questions dealing with concept development, data interpretation, and explanation and prediction. 2) A carefully planned demonstration, 20-30 minutes long, was supported by visual aids. 3) After the completion of the demonstration, students answered the questions. When at least 80 percent of the students had finished, answers were flashed on the screen. Forty-four concepts were presented for a 2-semester course with a 2-hour lab each week. The project was evaluated by a committee of five who had no other connection with the project. To determine the attitudes and preferences of the students, both personal interviews and a Likert scaled Inventory of Student Attitudes and Opinions were used. While the findings were multifaceted, with both positive and negative reactions, the important fact was that there was general agreement that this method makes a course more interesting than one taught by the lecture method. A 2-item bibliography, references and appendixes are included. (Author/MJM)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Rhode Island Coll., Providence.