Teaching the book of Joshua: Using audiovisual aids
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Effectively preparing children to the world requires the adaptation of schools and their teaching methods to a fast changing, technologically oriented world. Thus, schools have begun to realize the importance of the need for technologically advanced audiovisual teaching methods. Instruction with the aid of audiovisual techniques improves students' learning processes and achievements. All of this leads to the following study's basic assumption that audiovisual aided instruction of Judaic studies (using video films, transparencies, etc.) will result in the improved understanding and achievement of those subjects in all classes and all levels.;The study aims, therefore, were: (1) To devise a proper learning program of the book of Joshua, incorporating audiovisual aids. (2) To test the immediate effectiveness of audiovisual aids in improving the academic achievements of primary school students in learning the books of Joshua. (3) To test the quality of retention of material taught using audiovisual aids.;The researcher chose to instruct third grade students in the Brooklyn Yeshiva, "Magen David", the material in the book of Joshua , chapters 1--6, which was divided into two instructional units. Two types of groups took part in the study: Control classes were instructed by implementing traditional teaching methods, i.e. the book of Joshua , blackboard, and chalk. The experimental classes were taught with animated video films and transparencies, in addition to the traditional text and blackboard. The groups were initially pre-tested in order to determine their basic achievement levels, and divided according to the results into High and Low level groups.;Upon the completion of each instructional unit, the groups were tested on the material studied in order to determine basic achievement levels. Re-tests were administered six weeks later to determine retention levels.;Analysis of results yielded the following conclusions: (1) There is a positive relationship between the use of audiovisual aids in teaching the book of Joshua and the students' academic achievements. (2) There is a statistically significant difference in comprehension of the book of Joshua between students taught solely through textbooks and students taught through a combination of textbooks and audiovisual aids.;The conclusion of this study is that audiovisual aids can play a crucial role in improving the teaching of the book of Joshua.