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ERIC Number: ED425785
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Pages: 27
Abstractor: N/A
Tactual Resources at the College Level: Toys for Adult Learning.
Given, Barbara K.; Tyler, Edward P.; Hall, Nora; Wood, Margaret; And Others
This report, a review of literature combined with two case studies, poses the question of whether tactual resources-hands-on, manipulative materials--help reduce college attrition and foster development of necessary academic skills. At George Mason University (Virginia), an exploratory, embedded case study was designed to investigate experiential learning at the doctoral (Case Study One) and the undergraduate (Case Study Two) levels. The major proposition for the first group was, "If doctoral students construct tactual resources and observe undergraduates using them, they will be more likely to use manipulative materials in subsequent teaching at the community college level." In the second case study group, a separate hypothesis was pursued: "If provided tactual resources with information specific to their course evaluation, students will willingly use the materials for study purposes." Generally, it was concluded that tactual resources are helpful in student learning and persistence. Learning how to construct and implement this type of learning at the college level, however, requires the effort to learn new teaching and learning routines, and a commitment to the belief that all students can learn once the appropriate teaching methods are developed. (Contains 29 references.) (EMH)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
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