ERIC Number: ED154825
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Auto-Tutorial Instruction in Entomology: Principles of Entomology (Orders).
Minnick, D. R.; Steele, K. L.
Auto-tutorial instruction was compared to traditional lecture instruction in a university entomology course. In seven consecutive terms, undergraduate students enrolled in an introductory entomology course were divided into two groups: Group I received only lecture instruction on insect orders, while Group II was dismissed for three consecutive 50-minute lecture periods to work with auto-tutorial instructional materials on a self-paced, repeatable basis. These included slide/tape programs and written resource materials covering the same information as the Group I lectures. Participants in the auto-tutorial groups were also asked to respond to a questionnaire assessing their opinions on this method of instruction. An objective test administered to both groups indicated that Group II students with an average auto-tutorial exposure of 90.5 minutes performed comparably to Group I students taught 150 minutes by the lecture method. The majority of Group II students expressed favorable attitudes toward the auto-tutorial method; however, a few students felt that such instruction had a dehumanizing effect. (CMV)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the International Congress for Individualized Instruction (LaFayette, Indiana, November 1977)