ERIC Number: ED411644
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
The Effects of an Interactive Multimedia Program on Teachers' Understanding and Implementation of an Instructional Innovation.
Deshler, Donald; Schumaker, Jean; Fisher, Joseph
The effects of an interactive multimedia program on teachers' understanding and implementation of an instructional innovation were examined. Fifty-eight preservice teachers and 10 inservice teachers participated and were randomly assigned to one of two teacher development programs. The first teacher development program, called the "Virtual Workshop," was a computer based, interactive multimedia program. The second teacher development program, called the "Actual Workshop," was a traditional, live presenter directed program. Results of the study indicate that compared to their pretest scores, the posttest scores earned by inservice and preservice teachers on the test of knowledge and understanding of the innovation significantly improved following participation in either workshop. Moreover, preservice and inservice teachers' satisfaction ratings of both workshops were favorable. Inservice teachers who participated in the workshops correctly performed a substantially greater number of the innovation's targeted behaviors after training than before training. The development cost of the Virtual Workshop was found to be nearly four times as expensive as the development cost of the Actual Workshop; however, the cost to implement the Virtual Workshop was less than the Actual Workshop. Overall, both workshops had similar, positive effects on both groups of teachers' understanding and implementation of the instructional innovation. (Contains 58 references.) (Author/CR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Kansas Univ., Lawrence. Dole Center for Human Development.