ERIC Number: ED187532
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Interactive Instructional Video-Tapes, Scholastic Aptitude, Cognitive Development and Locus of Control as Variables Influencing Science Achievement.
Yeany, Russell H.; And Others
Results are reported of a study that: (1) examined the relationships between university students' entry characteristics and achievement in biological science; and (2) assessed the effectiveness of interactive instructional video-tapes in improving science achievement. Among the variables examined as likely to predict achievement were scholastic aptitude, cognitive development, and locus of control. College biology students were assigned randomly to the experimental or control group. The experimental treatment was conducted during a genetics unit and consisted of video-tape instruction where students independently used a guided problem-solving manual while viewing the tape. The comparison group attended lecture and lab sessions but did not view the interactive tape. Results indicate that the instructional interactive video-tapes did significantly and positively influence achievement on the genetics concepts. Entry variables also proved to be significant predictors of success on all achievement measures; these and other findings are discussed in detail. (CS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (53rd, Boston, MA, April 11-13, 1980).