ERIC Number: ED337941
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Sep-29
Reference Count: N/A
Scientists at Work. Final Report.
Education Turnkey Systems, Inc., Falls Church, VA.
This report summarizes activities related to the development, field testing, evaluation, and marketing of the "Scientists at Work" program which combines computer assisted instruction with database tools to aid cognitively impaired middle and early high school children in learning and applying thinking skills to science. The brief report reviews demonstrations and promotions of the project as well as the marketing plan and results of contacts with various commercial publishers. The program requires a Macintosh computer, a hypercard, and an external disk drive. It combines visual, sound, and textual information within a life science problem-solving context utilizing an embedded interactive coach. Most of the document consists of appendixes including the "Scientists at Work" print materials (the Users' Guide and the Teaching Guide with lesson plans), team activities for the nine lessons, a description of the Interactive Advisor, a report of field testing (indicating a lack of statistically significant quantitative findings but encouraging results in the qualitative dimension), sample requests for the program and videotape, a news release on teaching thinking skills with databases, and a brief report on the feasibility of converting the program to the Personal Computer environment. (DB)
Descriptors: Biological Sciences, Computer Assisted Instruction, Courseware, Databases, Disabilities, Educational Media, High Schools, Hypermedia, Individualized Instruction, Interactive Video, Marketing, Material Development, Multimedia Instruction, Problem Solving, Science Education, Secondary Education, Thinking Skills
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Education Turnkey Systems, Inc., Falls Church, VA.