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ERIC Number: ED161448
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Jun
Pages: 16
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
The Role of Formative Research in Evaluating Specific Curriculum-Based Television Programs at the Primary Level.
Teachman, Goody; Zuckernick, Arlene
Formative research of Math Patrol, curriculum-based television program in mathematics at the primary level, was carried out as part of a research and evaluation project at the Ontario Educational Communications Authority (OECA). The series, which utilizes plasticene animations, consists of 15-minute magazine format programs which introduce and reinforce fundamental mathematical concepts from the grade 2 curriculum. Designed to appeal to the imagination of young children, the story line is based on assignments given to super-sleuth Sidney by Mr. Big, a world champion puzzle solver and founder of an international organization to solve math problems. Evaluation showed that this program can be an effective learning tool both in increasing the understanding of math at this level and providing a high degree of motivation for the target audience. This formative research also resulted in a significant cost savings and changed potentially confusing portions of the series into strong pedagogical tools. (Author/VT)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the First Congress on Education (Toronto, Canada, June 1978)