ERIC Number: ED049610
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Computer-Assisted Instruction: Status in Pennsylvania.
Hall, Keith A.
Three characteristics of computer-assisted instruction (CAI) make it suitable for individualizing instruction: adaptive response by the student, continual evaluation of the student's responses, and adaptability of instruction to the individual's responses and his achievement levels. CAI systems are being used for laboratory computing, record keeping and retrieval, simulation, and tutorial instruction. CAI is difficult to compare with traditional instruction because of differences in objectives and techniques. Still, CAI has been shown to teach a comparable amount of material with a considerable time saving. However, use of CAI requires quantities of suitable curricular materials which have not been available. Cost effective use also requires after school use of facilities for adult or inservice teacher education and administrative applications which would utilize night hours. Five institutions in Pennsylvania have been concentrating on various aspects of CAI research and development. The Learning Research and Development Center (University of Pittsburgh) has focused on systems software and student terminal development, while Pennsylvania State has been concerned with curriculum development and implementation. Three school districts in the state are oriented toward the classroom application of computers. (MT)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg. Bureau of Educational Research.
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park. Computer-Assisted Instruction Lab.
Identifiers: Altoona Area School District PA; Learning Research and Development Center; Pennsylvania; Pennsylvania State University; Philadelphia School District PA; Pittsburgh School District PA; University of Pittsburgh PA