ERIC Number: EJ824275
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Jun
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Evaluating the Effectiveness of a Multimedia Program on Home Safety
Sweeney, Mary Anne; Chiriboga, David A.
Gerontologist, v43 n3 p325-334 Jun 2003
Purpose: This study was designed to test the effectiveness and acceptance of multimedia home safety programming by community-dwelling seniors. Design and Methods: A prototype CD-ROM was produced that required no reading or computer skills because the program included an audio narration of content and directions for operating the program on a touchscreen computer monitor. Volunteers (N = 126) from a senior center aged 55 and older were randomly assigned to (1) a multimedia group that used the interactive program to learn about home safety, (2) a traditional learning group that read well-established booklets on home safety, and (3) a control group that received no instruction on safety between the pre- and posttests. Results: Repeated-measures multivariate analysis of variance showed that the multimedia group was the only group to improve in knowledge. The group was also very satisfied with the approach. Implications: Multimedia formats can effectively and economically provide information to older clients.
Descriptors: Control Groups, Safety, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computers, Program Effectiveness, Multivariate Analysis, Teaching Methods, Safety Education, Older Adults, Multimedia Materials, Multimedia Instruction, Gerontology
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education
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