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ERIC Number: ED354021
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Pages: 29
Abstractor: N/A
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Improving Math Literacy for the Facilities Maintenance Industry: A Multimedia Approach.
Ziegler, John; Taylor, Don
Texas State Technical College in Waco (TSTCW) entered into a partnership with ServiceMaster, one of the largest maintenance companies in the world, to develop a contextual-based videodisc curriculum for facility maintenance workers intended to increase math literacy. TSTCW developed a task analysis, a curriculum, and evaluation measures for the training of facilities maintenance workers in math concepts, from which a workbook and scripting activities for the videodisc were developed. Thirty physical plant employees volunteered for the training, and were divided into three skill levels determined by an assessment test: Level 1, grades zero through four; Level 2, grades five through eight; and Level 3, grades nine and above. After establishing a pretest score, each participant received training from the videodisc, as well as reinforcement exercises from the workbook assignments. The average program completion time was 60 hours, while Level 3 participants completed the training much more quickly than the Level 1 group, . Pretest and posttest scores indicated that most participants' scores increased following program completion, with Levels 1 and 2 showing the most significant changes. The Level 1 group averaged a 27-point increase in number operations and an 18-point increase in problem solving, while the Level 2 group averaged a 28-point increase in number operations and a 5-point increase in problem solving. No significant performance differences were found based on gender or age. A review of the literature, a selected bibliography, extensive demographic information and detailed data tables are included. (MAB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Texas State Technical Coll., Waco.