ERIC Number: ED268997
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-May
Reference Count: 0
Formative Evaluation of "Measurement: The Difference between Perimeter and Area" and "Measurement: Dividing Regions into Subregions for Finding Area" from Math Works. Research Report 94.
Agency for Instructional Technology, Bloomington, IN.
Math Works is the fifth grade component of the "Mathematics for the '80s" project, a series of 28 video programs and related material developed by a consortium of state and provincial education and television agencies. A formative evaluation of Math Works programs (9 and 25) was conducted to assess the instructional effectiveness and general appeal of these and other programs in the Math Works series. For Math Works Program 9 ("The Difference between Perimeter and Area"), the sample consisted of more than 400 children, principally fifth graders, in ten schools. For Program 25 ("Dividing Regions into Subregions for Finding Area"), the sample consisted of 107 boys and 83 girls, principally fifth graders from eight schools. Both samples included rural, suburban, and innercity schools. Qualitative data were used primarily to assess the appeal of the programs and to determine needed instructional enhancement; pre- and posttests were used to measure the instructional effectiveness of the programs. T-tests were performed to determine whether student performance significantly increased from the pretest to the posttest. Results indicate: (1) after each program, students' feelings toward mathematics were virtually unchanged; (2) students liked both programs slightly more than they liked mathematics; (3) students fared well on items related only to story line (91.8% correct), although their performance declined on items which asked them to recall the application of a concept within a story (41% correct); (4) results of analysis of variance for sex were inconclusive; and (5) students could identify with the characters in the story, but felt that some dramatic segments were confusing or unrealistic. Appendices contain a list of cooperating agencies, program summaries, and the pre- and posttests. (JB)
Descriptors: Analysis of Variance, Educational Television, Elementary Education, Formative Evaluation, Grade 5, Instructional Effectiveness, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Materials, Pretests Posttests, Qualitative Research, Research Methodology, Student Attitudes, Tables (Data), Videotape Recordings
Agency for Instructional Technology, PO Box A, Bloomington, IN 47402-0120 ($2.50).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Agency for Instructional Technology, Bloomington, IN.