Type of Document Dissertation Author Kimmel, Karl Joseph Author's Email Address firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Keywords
- Computer-Aided Instruction
- Science Instruction Module
- Music Mnemonic
Date of Defense 1998-12-14 Availability unrestricted Abstract"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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