ERIC Number: ED329299
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Dec
A College Level Program for Instructing the Metric System.
Thrall, Marjorie A.
Although the Congress of the United States has enacted legislation calling for a conversion to the metric system by October 1992, recent government reports suggest that the country may not be prepared to meet that deadline. In an effort to develop a learning module for instructing community college students in the application of the metric system, five needs assessment and evaluation surveys were conducted. The first survey was administered to a target group of six community college science department instructors to determine the length of time it should take students to complete such a learning module. This information was combined with findings from a survey assessing instructional content requirements to develop a first draft of the Metric System module materials. Development of the learning module included creation of pre- and post-tests to assess student learning, a module videotape, an instructional computer program, a student workbook, and an instructor manual. Copies of the first drafts of the student workbooks and teacher's manual were given to the instructors in the initial target group who were asked to recommend changes. In addition, three follow-up surveys were created for faculty to evaluate the module videotape, the tutorial computer program, and the complete learning module. All faculty who completed the follow-up surveys gave approval to the materials which had been developed. A literature review, plans for implementing the module among all biology students at a targeted community college, the videotape script, survey instruments, summaries of instructors' comments and recommendations, and references are included. (GFW)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: M.S. Practicum, Nova University.