ERIC Number: ED086457
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
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A Comparison of an Independent-Progress-Rate Method with an Even Front Method in the Teaching of Science.
Richter, George B.
Presented is a comparison of the use of two different methods for teaching a physical science unit. Four classes, including 58 post-secondary level students from both technical and trade major areas, participated in the experiment. Using the Even-front method, one group had teacher presentation of topics (lectures, demonstrations, discussions, use of films) on certain days and total group laboratory experiences on specifically assigned days. Under the Individual-Progress-Rate method (IPR), the teacher introduced the topic of study. As the students completed this preparatory work, they were released in pairs and proceeded with laboratory exercises on a self-paced basis. The criterion instrument of 86 items was adninistered at the close of the experimental seven-week teaching period. An unweighted means multivariate analysis of covariance of the Latin square design, using Snader Mathematics, Otis IQ and high school rank as covariates, was performed on each of the criterion scores. A difference between means of 5.18 (compared to a grand mean of 34.15) was found, favoring the Even-front. Results of student questionnaires implied that both teachers used both methods well. (Author/EB)
Descriptors: Doctoral Dissertations, Educational Research, Individualized Instruction, Instruction, Physical Sciences, Science Education, Small Group Instruction
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Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Minnesota