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The Effectiveness of Multimedia and Activity-Based Supplemental Teaching Resources in Materials Science Education

  • Deborah A. Day (a1), Eeman Abbasi (a1), Brian Liang (a1), Satish Bhat (a1), Scott DeMeo (a1), Jacquelynn Garofano (a2) (a3), Louise Grober (a2) (a3), Nicole Ferrari (a3) and Christine Broadbridge (a2) (a3)...

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A comparative study investigating the integration of supplemental teaching resources in materials science education was developed for the purpose of determining the effectiveness of teaching strategies. Digital stories created by students, excerpts from the Nova Making Stuff documentaries, YouTube educational videos and student generated demo-kits were used as part of the investigation whereby two 9th grade science classes (n~26) were evaluated. Each participant in the study received one period (40-min) of a traditional lesson on Materials Science including specific content, vocabulary, and a pre- and post- lesson assessment. Additionally, the students in each class participated in a 30-min supplemental component, e.g. video or activity-based demonstration using aforementioned kits or video compilation. Pre- and post- evaluations (e.g. open-ended and likert questions) were administered to all of the participants. As hypothesized, the students’ feedback and performance on assessment activities reveal that the use of multimedia and activity-based resources may be equally effective teaching methods as traditional methods.

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The Effectiveness of Multimedia and Activity-Based Supplemental Teaching Resources in Materials Science Education

  • Deborah A. Day (a1), Eeman Abbasi (a1), Brian Liang (a1), Satish Bhat (a1), Scott DeMeo (a1), Jacquelynn Garofano (a2) (a3), Louise Grober (a2) (a3), Nicole Ferrari (a3) and Christine Broadbridge (a2) (a3)...

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