ERIC Number: ED082472
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Aug
Reference Count: 0
A Sequential Evaluation of Computer Assisted Instruction in US Army Basic Electronics Training.
Longo, Alexander A.; Giunti, Frank E.
The Computer Assisted Instruction (CAI) Division of the U.S. Army Signal Center and School (USASCS) at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey evaluated CAI's success in teaching basic electronics. An initial feasibility study, interim assessments, and a summative evaluation assessed the value of the developmental, user-oriented, individualized CAI programs created by the USASCS. The CAI material was presented in the tutorial mode on the IBM 1500 System, utilizing the IBM Coursewriter language, an IBM 1510 Display Console, and an IBM 1512 Image Projector. CAI and conventional instruction were compared with respect to student achievement in the first four weeks of the electronics course and their achievement in the fifth and sixth weeks; attitudes toward CAI were also assessed. A matched group statistical design was employed, and fixed effects analysis of variance and t-tests for equivalent groups used to analyze data. The results indicated that CAI is as effective as, or better than, conventional instruction in teaching basic electronics, demonstrated CAI's capability to reduce training time by 35%, and revealed student satisfaction with the CAI methods. These favorable findings have contributed to the recommendation that the Army continue to expand its CAI capabilities. (PB)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Computer Assisted Instruction, Developmental Programs, Electronics, Feasibility Studies, Formative Evaluation, Individualized Instruction, Instructional Design, Military Personnel, Military Training, Program Evaluation, Student Attitudes, Summative Evaluation, Tutorial Programs
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Army Signal Center and School, Fort Monmouth, NJ.
Identifiers: Army Signal Center and School NJ; Coursewriter Programing Language; IBM System 1500
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Association for the Development of Instructional Systems (Cap Rouge, Quebec, August 8-10, 1972)