ERIC Number: ED044942
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Oct
Reference Count: 0
The Computer as a Socializing Agent: Some Socioaffective Outcomes of CAI.
Hess, Robert D.; And Others
The socializing role of computer-assisted instruction (CAI) was seen to be a positive one in this study. The students, predominantly Mexican-American, who experienced CAI, and other students, in a control group, who did not, liked the computer. They thought it gave the right answers and they respected it as having a vast array of information available to it. They also saw it as fair, trusted its evaluations as well as its handling of task assignments, and sometimes attributed to it an almost human role. Feelings of greater trust in the learning situation managed via computer as compared to a learning situation monitored by a teacher were especially evident among CAI students. On the other hand, while both groups tended to ascribe charismatic qualities to the computer rather than to the teacher, CAI students were more aware than their Non-CAI peers of the computer's unresponsiveness to students' eventual desires to change the course or the content of its lessons. Greater confidence in the computer as compared to the teacher may follow from the fact that the teacher is perceived as evaluating student performance in mathematics tasks on the basis of behavior not related to these tasks. (MF)
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Sponsor: National Center for Educational Research and Development (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Stanford Univ., CA. Stanford Center for Research and Development in Teaching.