A report on the development of an instructional unit entitled Shipbuilding at the Marystown Shipyard

Tilley, Herbert Ross (1977) A report on the development of an instructional unit entitled Shipbuilding at the Marystown Shipyard. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to develop a unit of instruction on shipbuilding in Newfoundland. The instructional material has been developed as a supplementary aid to the existing grade six history textbook, Shipbuilding In the Maritimes. The unit is a multimedia package consisting of a slide-tape presentation, overhead transparencies, and a teacher’s manual. -- Various developmental stages were involved in the completion of the instructional package. An exploratory survey was conducted by the developer prior to the development of the package. This survey determined the attitude of social studies teachers in Newfoundland towards the use of mediated instructional packages within the classroom. The results of the survey indicated a positive teacher attitude towards the use of mediated packages as teaching aids. -- When the instructional package was completed, a content specialist, leather specialist, media specialist and students were consulted for the purpose of evaluating the contents and technical qualities of the package. Based upon recommendations from these evaluators, suggested changes were made in the package. - After completion of the formative evaluation, the package was piloted in three grade six classes, in three schools located in different areas of Newfoundland. A total of ninety-five grade six students were involved in the initial testing of the media package. -- In determining the effectiveness of the package as a teaching unit, the developer used two types of instruments: a pretest-posttest method for evaluating the achievement level of the students, after exposure to the package; and a teacher attitude and student attitude questionnaire to determine how teachers and students felt towards the technical aspects of the package. An observer's checklist was also used to determine the effectiveness of the package as an instructional teaching unit. Results of the questionnaires revealed that the instructional package was a very effective teaching aid and both teachers and students held positive attitudes towards the technical aspects of the instructional materials. -- In summary, the materials in the package have been used and evaluated, not only by grade six history teachers, but also by social studies teachers in grades five to eight. Both teacher and student response has been positive towards the mediated package, Shipbuilding At The Marystown Shipyard.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/5049
Item ID: 5049
Additional Information: Bibliography: leaves 57-59. -- Kit under separate cover.
Department(s): Education, Faculty of
Date: 1977
Date Type: Submission
Geographic Location: Canada--Newfoundland and Labrador
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Shipbuilding--Newfoundland and Labrador; Shipyards--Newfoundland and Labrador; Curriculum planning--Newfoundland and Labrador

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