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ERIC Number: ED384344
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Pages: 41
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MicroWorlds as a Publishing Tool for Cooperative Groups: An Affective Study.
Finkelman, Kimberly; McMunn, Caitlin
Student attitudes about learning were assessed in association with usage of MicroWorlds, a multimedia learner-based software program, as a publishing tool. A language arts class of 19 sixth graders was divided into cooperative groups following a small group investigation model. After implementing a two-week unit which incorporated MicroWorlds as part of an author study, the investigators assessed students' attitudes and motivation. Student affect was measured by three surveys which questioned students' feelings toward computers, using MicroWorlds, publishing on computers, and working in cooperative groups. Findings suggest that students enjoy using MicroWorlds as a publishing tool; however, some were dissatisfied with the cooperative grouping. When asked what was most satisfying about the unit, students reported the freedom to design their own presentations and the opportunity to incorporate a variety of media into their projects. Reproductions of the following are provided: background information survey form; computer affect survey; student survey; student affect survey; open-ended questions; group member evaluation form; and audience evaluation form. Two figures illustrate findings. A lesson plan for MicroWorlds and author study is included. (Contains 38 references.) (author/MAS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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