ERIC Number: ED186020
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Nov
Reference Count: 0
The PLATO Elementary Demonstration Educational Outcome Evaluation. Final Report: Summary and Conclusions.
Swinton, Spencer S.; And Others
This summary report describes the development, implementation, and measured educational outcomes of a demonstration project of beginning reading and mathematics instruction utilizing the PLATO system with groups of elementary school children in Illinois. Extensive descriptions of the experiences and reactions of teachers and students in the classroom as the demonstration developed form the major part of this report. Because of teacher self-selection into the PLATO treatments, this was not a randomized experiment, but rather a naturalistic study in which comparisons could be made; however a multiplicity of plausible explanations could be offered for differences in outcomes between PLATO and non-PLATO groups, and among classes taught by different teachers. Six case studies, based on observation, interviews, and teacher logs, document the problems of implementation, but also capture teachers' assessments of this developing technology. Demonstration year achievement and attitude outcomes for reading and mathematics are also included, as well as major findings. (RAO)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana. Computer-Based Education Research Lab.
Note: For a related document, see IR 008 384.