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ERIC Number: ED083242
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973
Pages: 16
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The Teaching Effectiveness of an Alternative Teaching Facility.
Horowitz, Peter; Otto, David
In 1969, the University of Alberta General Faculties Council created a Committee to Investigate Teaching. One of the projects undertaken by this committee was designing an alternative teaching facility. Three objectives were sought: a) to provide the maximum amount of versatility in intramural design and manipulation, b) to equip it with more visual and tactual stimulants than are normally found in conventional classrooms, and c) to study the effect of a loungelike classroom on teaching and learning. An experimental classroom was designed and compared to a conventional one to see which fostered more learning. Two sections of an English course were used for the experiment, both taught by the same instructor, with identical syllabus, assignments, term papers, and final examination. No significant differences were found in grades earned by the students in these two groups. The instructor reported, however, that participation, disagreement with the instructor, and openess to criticism by peers were more in evidence in the experimental class than in the controlled one. (JA)
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