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ERIC Number: ED341209
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Sep
Pages: 146
Abstractor: N/A
Assessing Social and Cross-Cultural Impact of Group-Based Videodisc Technology. Final Report, October 1, 1987-December 31, 1989.
Thorkildsen, Ron; Lowry, William H.
This final report documents achievements of a project to assess social impact and achievement gains resulting from the use of interactive videodisc technology to teach fractions in mainstreamed classrooms across multicultural settings. Subjects (N=294) were regular upper elementary students and students with mild handicaps (MH) in Utah, Wyoming, and New Mexico. The study examined the effects of the videodisc-based math program on: (1) attitudes of regular teachers and student peers toward mainstreamed students with MH; (2) the self-esteem of the MH students; (3) the frequency of academic (as opposed to behavior management) interactions between teachers and MH students; and (4) achievement in basic fractions concepts. Findings indicated that teachers in both years of the study maintained their opinions about mainstreaming; MH students experienced greater teacher interactions; the MH students showed large achievement gains (both in fraction concepts and generalized achievement testing) and increased self-esteem; peer attitudes toward MH students, however, declined significantly during the study. Appendices include measures and scoring procedures, data details, and a dissertation abstract. Includes 39 references. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Utah State Univ., Logan.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A