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ERIC Number: ED258811
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Apr
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
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Biology Instruction by Interactive Videodisc or Conventional Laboratory: A Qualitative Comparison.
Leonard, William H.
This study was designed to learn if students perceived an interactive computer/videodisc learning system to represent a viable alternative to (or extension of) the conventional laboratory for learning biology skills and concepts normally taught under classroom laboratory conditions. Data were collected by questionnaire in introductory biology classes of three categorically different postsecondary institutions where students used an interactive videodisc/computer lesson on respiration and biogeography instead of the traditional laboratory investigation. Students indicated a comparatively high level of satisfaction with this strategy and consistently responded favorably to the aspects of efficiency of instructional time. These two generalizations are consistent with past computer assisted instruction research. Students found the two approaches to be equivalent to conventional laboratory instruction in the areas of general interest, understanding of basic principles, help on examinations, and attitude toward science. Students also had a strong perception that the images on the videodisc "were not real" and this factor presented perceived both advantages and disadvantages. It is inferred that the videodisc/computer technology will not likely serve as a viable substitute to the "wet" laboratory experience, but that this medium may substantially enrich the spectrum of educational experiences usually not possible in typical classroom settings. (JN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A