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ERIC Number: ED107455
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
Pages: 147
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A Comparison of Lab Method Films with Traditional Instruction in the Introductory Physics Laboratory.
Hughes, James Erie
Methods of instruction involved in an introductory, nontechnical college physics course were studied and compared. Students involved were divided into experimental and control groups respectively, about 50 in each group. The experimental group was instructed by lab method films for six experiments, while the control group was taught traditionally. A Laboratory Achievement Test was administered at the end of the semester, and the means for the groups and subgroups were subjected to a Fisher's t-test for significance of difference between means. Comparisons were made for: experimental versus control students, experimental versus control males, experimental versus control females, experimental versus control students who had previous academic experience with physics, and experimental versus control students who had no previous academic experience with physics. Without exception, the experimental groups investigated had greater mean scores, but only one difference was statistically significant; this was in the subgroup of students with previous physics and favored the experimental group. It was concluded that both methods of instruction were equally effective, but several recommendations were cited for future study related to use of lab method film instruction. (Author/EB)
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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Note: Ed.D. Dissertation, North Texas State University