ERIC Number: ED051648
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Motivating the Student in CAI Technical Courses.
Bond, Nicholas A., Jr.
Student motivation is a central issue in computer-aided instruction (CAI), since even the most sophisticated teaching programs will require directed and sustained effort at the learning task. Technical students, who have to master long and difficult courses, present special motivational problems. A review of the literature indicates that motivators for technical students can be classified under three main headings: task-related or "intrinsic" factors, need-related or "dynamic" determinants, and external rewards. It appears that elements of these motivators may be useful in encouraging CAI students in technical courses. To illustrate the application of motivating factors, a potential system which utilizes techniques from all three classes of motivators is proposed, first in the context of a military training course in radar repair and then in a job training program for disadvantaged youth. The system classifies students according to certain dynamic variables such as need achievement. Other features of the system include rewards of time off or cash for successful learning and student participation in goal-setting. (Author/JY)
Publication Type: N/A
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Sponsor: Office of Naval Research, Arlington, VA. Personnel and Training Research Programs Office.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Los Angeles. Dept. of Psychology.
Note: Behavioral Technology Laboratories series