ERIC Number: ED377894
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Oct
It's a Wonderful Life: Using Public Domain Cinema Clips To Teach Affective Objectives and Illustrate Real-World Algebra Applications.
A basic algebra unit was developed at Utah Valley State College to emphasize applications of mathematical concepts in the work world, using video and computer-generated graphics to integrate textual material. The course was implemented in three introductory algebra sections involving 80 students and taught algebraic concepts using such areas as sports and games; reconstruction after disaster; nutrition; aviation; police investigation and forensics; and country music, radio, and rodeo. The purpose of the instructional organization used was to gain students' attention; make applications understandable, relevant, and applicable; inform learners of class objectives; stimulate recall of prerequisite learning; present stimulus material; provide learning guidance; elicit performance; provide feedback; assess performance; and enhance retention and transfer. Pre- and post-course surveys were conducted of students regarding introducing real-world concepts into the algebra classroom. Prior to the course, students rated the usefulness of algebra as 3.75 on a 5-point scale. After the course, students indicated that their attitudes toward the subject had positively changed, although a slightly lower usefulness rating was given. Students disagreed with the statement that real-world concepts should not be introduced into the classroom. Teachers interviewed also felt that development of the unit was worthwhile and that the visual materials aided learning. Student and teacher comments included. Contains 30 references. (KP)
Descriptors: Algebra, Community Colleges, Computer Assisted Instruction, Course Content, Course Evaluation, Courseware, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Enrichment, Educational Technology, Mathematical Concepts, Mathematics Instruction, Participant Satisfaction, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Teaching Methods, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the International Society for Exploring Teaching Alternatives (Salt Lake City, UT, October 12-14, 1994).