ERIC Number: ED116690
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Quest into Matter. Final Report.
O'Bryan, K. G.; And Others
"Quest into Matter," produced by Ontario (Canada) Instructional Television, aimed to investigate the "heart of matter" at the college freshman level of chemistry. Specifically, its purpose was to demonstrate the relevance of "shape" in relation to the properties of matter from the molecular level to the galactic. Some 180 students enrolled in a first year chemistry course, and 17 freshman chemistry teachers took part in the evaluation of the program which involved responding to a set of questions after viewing the program. The students found the programs stimulating, informative, and neither boring or confusing. Most found the analogies in the program very or somewhat helpful in understanding the various properties of matter and very or somewhat relevant to their chemistry course. Teachers responded even more favorably than students. Over 90 percent found the program somewhat to very stimulating and neither boring nor confusing. Most teachers also found it very informative. Like the students, the teachers found the analogies very or somewhat helpful in understanding the various properties of matter and very or somewhat relevant to a first year chemistry course. They also preferred a combination of both the method used in the program and a conventional lecture-type method and stated they would like to see more programs of this type used in their classes. The findings suggest that programs like "Quest into Matter" would be readily welcomed as supplementary material to textbook information. (Author/HB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ontario Educational Communications Authority, Toronto. Research and Planning Branch.
Identifiers - Location: Canada