A Profile of Users of a Level One Videodisc-Based Elementary School Science Program
A number of studies in science education have indicated the general effectiveness of level one videodisc-based programs in improving student knowledge in the sciences. The purpose of the evaluation study was to ascertain the effectiveness of the videodisc-based elementary science program in selected K-6 grade classrooms as determined by the users of the program involved in pilot testing. Thirty-six school sites in Texas were selected to participate in the piloting of the program. The study was conducted to: (1) collect information about level one users' teaching experiences, their academic specializations, and their level of experience with various forms of technology; (2) describe classroom behaviors and perceptions of students and teachers and the ecology of the learning environment; (3) determine teachers' attitudes toward technology and state anxiety toward teaching of science; (4) describe the impact of the innovation on the needs and concerns of teachers; (5) identify students' attitudes toward science/technology and interest in science outside the classroom; and (6) identify students' science content knowledge and skill development base before and after the implementation of the videodisc-based science program. Student information was collected through the administration of interviews; assessment of science-related attitudes, skills, and content; and classroom observation and administration of assessments of concerns and anxiety toward science and technology. Results indicate that teacher attitudes toward technology became significantly more positive at the culmination of the pilot testing and teacher anxiety toward teaching science was significantly less intense at the culmination of the pilot testing. (KR)
Barufaldi, J.P. A Profile of Users of a Level One Videodisc-Based Elementary School Science Program.