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ERIC Number: ED116909
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973
Pages: 397
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The Development, Implementation, and Evaluation of a Modularized, Student-Centered General Biology Curriculum at the College Level.
Sasscer, John Clarence
This study traces the development and testing of a particular modular curriculum design that was set up where curriculum planners produced one single-level course offering for both college biology majors and non-majors. In this design, major units of study are broken into units. In each there is a basic module completed by all students in which a concept is introduced with a minimum of information. In addition, the student can select one to several option modules, the minimal path being the basic module and one option module. Over a two-year period, the performance of 298 students was compared in a pretest-posttest control group design. Control groups used a standard lecture method; experimental groups used the modular design. The design controlled for sample selection, teacher bias, and maturation. Among the hypotheses tested were: (1) t-test comparisons of unit test scores will show no significant differences between control and modular groups; (2) t-test comparisons of gains on the Watson-Glaser Critical Thinking Appraisal will show no significant differences between the two groups; and (3) t-test comparisons of change on semantic differential test will show no significant difference between the two groups. The first two hypotheses were not refuted. The third hypothesis was refuted. The prototype of this curricular design has been demonstrated to be a fundamental curricular design that functions well in the area of biology. (Author/LS)
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Watson Glaser Critical Thinking Appraisal