Knox County Schools (Knoxville, TN) - 2015
RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL
Participants were 62 low-performing 6th graders. The Muzology group viewed a series of music videos on fractions; the control group viewed videos with the same information presented conversationally. After a week delay (with no further exposure to the learning materials), the Muzology group retained their learning gains; however, the control group returned to near baseline levels, F (1, 60) = 4.84, p < .05, d =.44. Students in the Muzology group also answered twice as many questions correctly as compared to the control group, F (1, 62) = 5.64, p < .05, d =.3. Across conditions, students (71%) preferred the idea of learning with music videos vs. reading about math or watching videos of people talking about math.
The Muzology group's outperformance is sustained, whereas the control group's performance drops to near baseline measures after a week.