ERIC Number: ED188561
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Designing Instructional Materials: Guesswork or Facts?
Brown, Stephen; Nathenson, Michael
A systematic study is reported of the mathematical skills and learning abilities of new students immediately prior to entry into the Open University's (England) foundation courses in technology and social sciences. The intent was to provide predictive information about potential student entry skills for the team preparing a new technology foundation course. Basic language and mathematical skills were assessed by a questionnaire-test given to a sample of applicants for the courses. It was found that mathematical skills were an area needing special attention, and changes in course materials and schedules are proposed to assist students in developing the skills in the course. It is concluded that such systematic evaluations of critical learner skills are needed as a prerequisite to the design of instructional material for other courses, both at the Open University and in other institutions. (MSE)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Open Univ., Walton, Bletchley, Bucks (England). Inst. of Educational Technology.