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Using videodisc instruction in an elementary science methods course: Remediating science knowledge deficiencies and facilitating science teaching

Vitale, M.; Romance, N.
Abstract:
This study examined the effect of using the videodisk program, Earth Science, as an integral component of an elementary science methods course to remediate core concept knowledge deficiencies of 42 female pre-service teachers. A group of 32 female pre-service teachers who received instruction utilizing parallel science methods served as a comparison group. The Earth Science Mastery Test and a test of attitude towards teaching science were administered for pre- and posttest measures. Results indicated that the experimental group overcame their initial knowledge deficiencies by mastering the core concepts presented and recorded significantly greater gains than the comparison group. Additionally, the experimental group displayed significantly greater confidence in their understanding of science knowledge and more positive attitudes toward science teaching. (Copyright © 2011, National Institute for Direct Instruction (NIFDI). All rights reserved).
Research areas:
Year:
1992
Main publication type:
Program Effectiveness
Subtype:
Article
Keywords:
Earth Science; videodisc; videodisk; physical science; teach attitudes
Source:
Journal of Research in Science Teaching
Volume:
29
Number:
9
Pages:
915-928
Design type:
Pretest posttest control group design
Fidelity monitored:
No
Students included:
Adults, teachers

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