ERIC Number: ED310955
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
An Evaluation of Programs 1 and 2 from "Econ and Me." Research Report Number 106.
Agency for Instructional Technology, Bloomington, IN.
"Econ and Me" is a series of five 15-minute video programs developed for 7- to 10-year-old students, with accompanying programs for their teachers and related print material. Program 1, "Scarcity," and Program 2, "Opportunity Cost," were evaluated in a variety of classroom settings in the United States and Canada in February 1989. This report details the methodology and findings of this evaluation process. Both programs captured and maintained student attention. The character Econ was especially liked. Students performed satisfactorily on items assessing their comprehension of the major content points in Program 1. However, a need for an explanation of the term "economic problems" was uncovered; this will be included in the teacher's guide. Students did not perform satisfactorily on two key content items related to the concept of "opportunity cost" in Program 2. The initial animated segment in this video has been revised to improve content understanding. Fifteen appendices comprising the bulk of the report include statistical data, copies of the questionnaires used in the evaluation process, some teacher questionnaire comments, and a list of the cooperating agencies. (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Agency for Instructional Technology, Bloomington, IN.