ERIC Number: ED348216
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Aug-1
Reference Count: N/A
Square One TV: Coding of Segments.
McNeal, Betsy; Singer, Karen
This report describes the system used to code each segment of Square One TV for content analysis of all four seasons of production. The analysis is intended to aid in the assessment of how well Square One is meeting its three goals: (1) to promote positive attitudes toward, and enthusiasm for, mathematics; (2) to encourage the use and application of problem-solving processes; and (3) to present sound mathematical content in an interesting, accessible, and meaningful manner. The information in this report is organized according to these goals and examples are given with their production numbers in parentheses to illustrate the interpretations made in the process of coding the segments for Seasons I-IV. For the coding of goal 1, three positive associations with mathematics are defined: mathematics as a powerful tool, mathematics as aesthetically pleasing, and mathematics as initiated and understood by nonspecialists. For the coding of goal 2, a segment is coded if: a specific problem is stated or formulated, a problem-solving heuristic is stated, or problem treatment is exhibited. For the coding of goal 3, a segment is coded according to its content area. The coding form also includes a short list of other topics for analysis: unanswered questions to the viewer, invitations to participate, calculator and/or computer use, and mistakes made and corrected. Coded segments are entered into a database for easy retrieval. An example of a coding form is provided. (MDH)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Children's Television Workshop, New York, NY.