Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department / School

Home Economics


The purpose of the present study was to develop a Metric Length self-instructional program to teach adult male and female consumers how to use the meter, the basic unit of length in the metric system. The goal of the project was to create a self-paced program containing instructional materials that were totally individualized. The researcher chose this approach because adult education programs have found individualized instruction to be very effective. Self-instructional programming has been found to be effective for mastery level learning. The goal of this program is to help consumers think metric and to use these units in their daily lives, a goal which consumers need to reach at the mastery level. The materials were empirically developed following the steps of developmental recommended for linear programs. Field testing of the self-instructional program was another purpose. The results of the field test indicated how well the subjects had achieved the objectives of the self-instructional program.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Metric system

Metric system -- Programmed instruction

Length measurement



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South Dakota State University