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ERIC Number: ED151313
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Mar
Pages: 23
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The Effect of Film Mediated Intensive Instruction on Basic Problem Solving Skills of Ninth Graders.
Wright, Emmett L.
This study examined the effect on junior high school students of film-mediated, intensive instruction in either observing details or in generating hypotheses on basic problem solving skills; the study stemmed from teachers' indications that lack of sophistication in these areas has led to more structured activities. One hundred and twenty randomly selected ninth-grade students were shown film loops illustrating seemingly unconnected or unrelated abstract events. Intensive instruction consisted of showing the film loop to a subject as many times as required until an established criterion was attained. Five dependent variables were measured during post-viewing discussion: (1) number of observed details; (2) number of questions; (3) diversity of questions; (4) number of hypotheses; and (5) quality of hypotheses. When compared to the control group's performance, both experimental groups were superior for all dependent variables, except in the case of the number of details observed by the hypothesis generation group. Both experimental groups performed equally well on all dependent variables except for a significantly larger number of details observed by the group intensively instructed in observing details. Retesting fourteen months later produced similar results, with the group instructed in observing details exhibiting the greatest superiority over the control group. (Author/MJB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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