ERIC Number: ED100717
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Use of Film-Mediated Models to Prompt Children's Scientific Process Activities: A Pilot Study.
DeTure, Linda R.; Koran, John J., Jr.
In a pilot study designed to determine whether fourth-grade students can acquire a set of behaviors related to performing certain laboratory activities, 22 students were randomly assigned to either a film-mediated modeling treatment or a control. Students in the treatment viewed a videotape model showing peer leaders engaging in the steps of an experiment and verbalizing their acts. The control students did not view the model. Subsequently, the students of both groups conducted the same experiment in class while trained raters observed their behavior. Although both groups of students received preliminary verbal instructions regarding how to conduct the experiment, those students who viewed the model after the directions produced significantly more positive behaviors (p less than .05) and fewer negative behaviors (p less than .05) than the control group who did not view the model but had an equivalent time to practice the directions prior to, and during, the laboratory session. (Author/BR)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (47th, Chicago, Illinois, April 1974)