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A Comparison of an Inquiry and a Direct Instruction Approach to Teaching Legal Concepts and Applications to Secondary School Students

Fielding, G. D.; Kameenui, E.; Gersten, R.
Abstract:
This study compared the effect of Direct Instruction (DI) techniques and an inquiry based treatment on the acquisition of facts about constitutional rights. Thirty high school juniors were randomly assigned to either program and received instruction for two weeks. Results indicated that students in the DI group demonstrated significantly greater scores on a multiple-choice test and an essay on unfamiliar cases of constitutional principles. Students in the inquiry based treatment group scored significantly higher on an essay test on personal opinions about policy issues of the cases studied. The results of a student questionnaire indicated that DI students found the content less challenging. (Copyright © 2011, National Institute for Direct Instruction (NIFDI). All rights reserved).
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Year:
1983
Main publication type:
Program Effectiveness
Subtype:
Article
Keywords:
Mastery learning; Direct Instruction; inquiry teaching; teacher behavior; structuring; modeling; questioning; feedback; diagnostic prescriptive teaching
Source:
The Journal of Educational Research
Volume:
76
Number:
5
Pages:
287-293
Design type:
posttest only control group design with random assignment
Fidelity monitored:
No
Students included:
Junior-year high school students
Location/Setting:
Suburban high school
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