ERIC Number: ED082972
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Development of an Auto-Instructional Approach for the Individualization of Instruction in a College Physical Science Course for Prospective Elementary Teachers. Final Report.
McElhattan, Glenn R.
The purpose of this study was to develop and evaluate an auto-instructional individualized physical science (chemistry) course appropriate for prospective elementary school teachers. Thirteen core and several optional lessons were developed using guidelines and standards proposed by the Commission on Science Education of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Each lesson consisted of a lesson guide which included instructional objectives, readings, film loops, filmstrips, written exercises, investigations, self-contained readings, and guide sheets. Students worked alone or in small groups at their own pace. The course was pilot tested at Venango Campus, Clarion State College, Oil City, Pennsylvania, during the January-May 1972 semester. Revisions were made, and the course was evaluated during the September-December 1972 semester. Pertinent findings include: (1) a significant improvement between pretest and posttest scores on the Test on Understanding Science, and (2) a significant improvement between pretest and posttest scores on the Processes of Scientific Inquiry Inventory. All students in the course exceeded the minumum criterion score on the Science Content Test. A large majority of the students preferred the individualized approach. (Author/JR)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Center for Educational Research and Development (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC. Regional Research Program.
Authoring Institution: Clarion State Coll., PA.