Accession Number : AD0627076

Title :   REPLAB, A STUDY IN SCIENTIFIC INQUIRY USING THE PLATO SYSTEM,

Corporate Author : ILLINOIS UNIV URBANA COORDINATED SCIENCE LAB

Personal Author(s) : BITZER,Donald L. ; Lyman,Elisabeth R. ; Suchman,J. Richard

Report Date : DEC 1965

Pagination or Media Count : 36

Abstract : One of the teaching techniques employed in the Illinois Studies in Inquiry Training project was a lesson, REPLAB, (Responsive Environment Programmed Laboratory), written for use with the PLATO computer-controlled teaching system. The lesson was designed to develop inquiry skills and to study inquiry styles of individual students. A film, showing an event involving a bimetallic strip was presented to the students by means of a computer-activated projector. The students answered questions about the event posed them via the PLATO 'electronic book.' Answers to some of the questions could be found by careful observation of the film, others by obtaining further information from results displayed on their 'electronic blackboards' by the computer in response to their inquiries in the PLATO experiment laboratory, property laboratory or condition laboratory. One set of questions in the question sequence tested the students' ability to go beyond the data they had obtained from the computer and formulate theories. The detailed record of the REPLAB student responses provided by the PLATO system gave data for a correlation of variables in the REPLAB lesson with those from pre-tests and post-tests given the students. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*PROGRAMMED INSTRUCTION, LEARNING), (*TEACHING MACHINES, DIGITAL COMPUTERS), EDUCATION, STUDENTS, MAN MACHINE SYSTEMS, PERFORMANCE(HUMAN), EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN, DECISION MAKING

Subject Categories : Humanities and History

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE