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ERIC Number: ED186027
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Results and Analysis of a Computer Assisted Instructional Program in Basic Skills in a Detention Center.
Diem, Richard A.
An evaluation of a computer assisted educational (CAE) program using the PLATO system at a Texas detention center included an examination of attitudes and perceptions from (1) inmates participating and not participating in jail education programs, (2) trustees, (3) educational program staff, (4) chaplaincy staff, (5) guards assigned to the education area, (6) floor guards, (7) guard training supervisor staff, and (8) upper echelon jail and sheriff's department administrators. Also examined were the results of a basic skills curriculum study which compared student scores on vocabulary skills, reading, spelling, arithmetic computation, and arithmetic problem solving from a CAE and a traditional program. Findings indicated that PLATO was generally viewed as an effective and pleasurable teaching device, and that, in general, achievement gains were greater for the CAE program group than those for the traditional program group over an 8-week instructional period. (CMV)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: PLATO; Texas (San Antonio)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southwestern Educational Research Association (Houston, TX, February 1979).