ERIC Number: ED307843
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Feb
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Physical Science: Discovery through Interactive Technology. Status and Evaluation.
Texas Learning Technology Group, Austin.
This report profiles the development, implementation, and evaluation of an interactive videodisc-based (IVD) program, Physical Sciences: Discovery through Interactive Technology. Developed by the Texas Learning Technology Group (TLTG), the program is a comprehensive, 160-hour, two-semester curriculum for secondary school students that integrates teacher/student interactions, teacher demonstrations, and traditional wet labs with an interactive videodisc instructional delivery system. The courseware is designed as a teaching tool and consists of 15 videodisc sides, accompanying software, Teacher Resource Guide, Student Manual, and Assessment Program. Teacher input was solicited with regard to instructional design, and teacher training was a major component of program development. The chemistry semester of the courseware was pilot tested during the 1987-88 school year with 2,000 students in 12 school districts. Evaluation focused on student achievement and interest. On the average, students enrolled in the interactive videodisc program reached higher levels of achievement then students in a traditional class. Differences were greatest between low-ability students in the interactive videodisc program and in the traditional class. Students enrolled in the program expressed a more positive intention of taking additional science classes as electives than did students in traditional classes. TLTG is a partnership among the Texas Association of School Boards, 12 school districts, and the National Science Center Foundation, Inc. (EW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: Texas Learning Technology Group, Austin.