ERIC Number: ED068456
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Validation of Minicourse Five for Special Education. Final Report.
Hofmeister, Alan M.; Stowitschek, Joseph J.
This study examined some effects of Minicourse 5--a remedial mathematics tutoring package--on tutoring skills of teachers of educable mentally retarded children and on subsequent mathematics performance levels of their students. The design of the study included an experimental group of teachers who participated in Minicourse 5 along with corresponding experimental and control groups of students who were administered pre- and post-experiment tests of mathematics performance. Videotaped samples of tutoring sessions were analyzed using the t-test for correlated means and the Wilcoxon matched-pairs, signed-ranks test to determine changes in teacher tutoring behavior and the degree of retention of this behavior. Resulting effects of teachers' participation in Minicourse 5 on students were assessed via achievement in mathematics. Statistically significant differences in mathematics performance occurred in favor of students in the experimental group over students in the control group. Conclusions arrived at from the results were that Minicourse 5 improves mathematics tutoring performance of special education teachers in selected skills and that these skills are pertinent to the teachers' instructional content. An extensive bibliography and appendixes of Minicourse material are included. (Author/MJM)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Regional Research Program.
Authoring Institution: N/A