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ERIC Number: ED133026
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Pages: 18
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A Comparative Study of a Traditional Lecture Method and a Group-Paced, Multimedia, Non-Lecture Method used in Teaching College Biology.
Belzer, Thomas J.
A study was conducted to test and compare the effects of a group-paced, multimedia, non-lecture method and a traditional lecture method of instruction in General Biology, and to determine if the type of evaluation used influenced a student's chances of successfully completing the course. Subjects were 308 students enrolling in General Biology during academic year 1975-76. Experimental classes (n=152) received instruction via audio-visual materials while the control classes (n=156) were taught by lecture. Students in both experimental and control classes were evaluated using the same test items; however, these questions were organized into three separate examinations during one semester and into ten quizzes during a second semester. Analysis of student achievement and attrition revealed: (1) the traditional method produced greater academic success than did the multimedia approach; (2) short quizzes for evaluation improved the student's chances of completing the course and earning the most points regardless of method of instruction; (3) short quizzes were preferred by students over block tests; and (4) overall, the lecture/quiz combination of instruction and evaluation produced the highest degree of academic success and the lowest rate of attrition. Tabular data are presented throughout the report. (JDS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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