ERIC Number: ED316092
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1986-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Motivation Materials for Junior High School Physical Science.
The project was to design, produce, and field test interactive video materials to increase junior high school student interest in physics and chemistry. A curriculum development team consisting of junior high school physical science students and teachers and university educators produced a seven-part videotape series entitled "The Hypothesizers." Rather than emphasize science content, activities were designed to motivate and to engage students in anticipating, analyzing, hypothesizing, writing, discussing, and testing science-related problems and solutions. Two experimental and two control groups of ninth-grade students, totalling 341 subjects, participated in a pretest-stimulus-posttest trial of the materials. Data were collected using a specially-designed high school course interest inventory. For physics, all students using the materials reported a significantly greater interest increase than students receiving no stimulus or a placebo. For chemistry, one of the two experimental groups reported a significant interest increase. (Author/MSE)
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Chemistry, Curriculum Development, Grade 9, Higher Education, Instructional Effectiveness, Instructional Materials, Junior High Schools, Material Development, Models, Physical Sciences, Physics, Program Descriptions, Science Curriculum, Secondary Education, State Universities, Student Motivation, Videotape Recordings
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: North Carolina Univ., Charlotte. Coll. of Education and Allied Professions.; American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Washington, DC.