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ERIC Number: ED350186
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Aug
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Using MECC Study Guide To Increase Retention of Musical Terminology in the Beginning Music Student.
Nordgren, James L.
A music teacher used the Minnesota Educational Computing Corporation (MECC) study guide to implement a 10-week practicum intervention designed to increase sixth graders' retention of musical terminology. A total of 12 beginning band students used a computer-aided instruction program to review questions drawn from workbook materials they had previously studied. Students received reinforcement and feedback for the correct answer, the number of questions tried, the number correctly answered, and the number correctly answered on the first try. After receiving reinforcement and feedback, students either repeated the question set or moved on to another. Progress depended on whether students attained a mastery level of 90 percent. Qestions in the computerized review were printed out and used in weekly quizzes. Practicum evaluation data indicated that the intervention was successful. As a result of the computer-aided review program, students' standardized music theory test scores and weekly quiz scores improved, and their attitudes toward using the computer laboratory to learn musical terminology were largely positive. Appendices provide pre- and posttests, weekly quizzes, a student survey, test results, a teacher survey, and a software evaluation. (RH)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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