Academic journal article International Journal of Instructional Media

Instructional Media Initiatives: Focusing on WNET.org, Thirteen, and WLIW21: National Science Foundation-Funded Study of Cyberchase-Multiple Media in Informal Mathematics Education

Academic journal article International Journal of Instructional Media

Instructional Media Initiatives: Focusing on WNET.org, Thirteen, and WLIW21: National Science Foundation-Funded Study of Cyberchase-Multiple Media in Informal Mathematics Education

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INTRODUCTION

Cyberchase, produced by Thirteen/WNET, is a television series aimed at helping students ages 8-11 to increase their knowledge of, and improve their skills in, mathematics. A recent National Science Foundation-funded study of Cyberchase, involving 672 children in nine public elementary schools in Michigan and Indiana, showed favorable results when examining the multiple media employed by students. This article discusses the study and describes the results.

CYBERCHASE STUDY

The research project focusing on Cyberchase examined multiple media used in informal learning of mathematics; in particular, students' use of the television series and the companion Cyberchase website. The study confirmed the usefulness of educational television and computer games for increasing mathematical knowledge and problem-solving, and found that students learned to use a greater variety of strategies when solving mathematical problems.

Significantly, students did exhibit transfer of learning after viewing Cyberchase, and were able to recall specific information from the series to help them solve problems on the post-tests. Students actively involved in the Cyberchase media performed better than non-users, and showed increasingly sophisticated problem-solving abilities typically noted in regular classroom encounters. …

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