ERIC Number: ED051455
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Apr
Reference Count: 0
How To Select and Evaluate Programmed Instructional Materials.
McGuigan, F. J.
The large number of programs commercially available at all educational levels presents the teacher with a major selection problem. The purpose of this discussion is to explain the assessment procedures that publishers should use in order to assure the publication of only high quality programs and to share this information with educators. When he first receives a program, a publisher should have it checked over by an expert, and a decision should be rendered as to whether or not it is academically sound and whether it is appropriate for a specific educational curriculum. The program is then objectively tested in a classroom situation. Once appropriate sample subjects are selected, the students are administered an objective achievement test as a pre-test. Next, they work through their programs. Attempts are made to minimize the effects on the students' learning of all variables other than the program itself. Upon completion of the program, the students take the achievement test again as a post-test. Finally, the students and teachers complete standard program evaluation forms. The data gathered from the pre- and post-tests, from the students' actual work on the program, and from the evaluation forms are then analyzed. A final publish-no publish decision is made according to the criterion of the amount a student learns from the use of the program. (CK)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Adult, Vocational, and Technical Education (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: North Carolina State Univ., Raleigh. School of Education.