Title page for ETD etd-121798-131934

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Kimmel, Karl Joseph
Author's Email Address karlkimmel@aol.com
URN etd-121798-131934
Title The Development and Evaluation of a Music Mnemonic-Enhanced Multimedia Computer-Aided Science Instructional Module
Degree PhD
Department Teaching and Learning
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Holmes, Glen A. Committee Co-Chair
Sherman, Gregory P. Committee Co-Chair
Burnsed, C. Vernon Committee Member
Burton, John K. Committee Member
Magliaro, Susan G. Committee Member
Moore, David Michael Committee Member
  • Computer-Aided Instruction
  • Science Instruction Module
  • Music Mnemonic
Date of Defense 1998-12-14
Availability unrestricted
"CellSong" is a computer aided instructional (CAI) science module designed to help

students recall information about cellular physiology. The program is designed to teach

middle school learners the music mnemonic "Cell's Organelles" (ã1995 Karl Kimmel) in

order to facilitate the recall of the targeted biological information. In addition to music, a

computer animation is synched to the five minute music file to provide visual

reinforcement for the song's lyrics.

Two male teachers, from two different rural southern schools (mTeacher and sTeacher)

implemented the "CellSong" module in their classes. Students in mTeacher's class

consisted of 12 fifth grade biology students. The other group was initially composed of all

of sTeacher's sixth grade science classes (n=38). This group was divided into the regular

three classes on its second exposure to the program.

The students filled out attitude surveys after five exposures to the program. All the sixth

grade students took an aided recall tests immediately after the fifth exposure to the

program. Thirteen of the sixth graders took the same test (retest) after seven days.

Although the test scores were generally low, students who took the retest tended to be

able recall the same items that they had recalled the week before.

The fifth grade class took one recall test four days after their last exposure to the program

and scored higher than the sixth grade from the other school. These students were more

favorable in their responses on the attitudinal survey. Students in the fifth grade class (and

female students in the sixth grade classes) tended to enjoy the module and music

mnemonic strategy. The sixth grade boys reported not enjoying it.

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