ERIC Number: ED219111
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Is Micro-Computer Assisted Basics Skills Instruction Good for Black, Disadvantaged Community College Students from Watts and Similar Communities? A Preliminary, Fall Semester 1981-82 Mini Audit Report Suggests Caution.
Kester, Donald L.
This report assesses the economic viability of micro-computer assisted basic skills instruction at Los Angeles Southwest College, an institution in which 96% of the students are from minority groups, the majority are from low-income families, and most have low levels of academic achievement (averaging a seventh-grade level in reading skills). After presenting a demographic profile of the college's student population, an outline of students' basic skills needs, and the sources of funding for computer-assisted basic skills instruction, the report examines the relative costs of computer-assisted and regular faculty instruction in basic skills. The conclusion is reached that, over a 5-year period, significant savings could be made through the use of computer-assisted instruction. The remainder of the report consists of an independent auditor's assessment of whether students who used computer-assisted instruction to supplement their regular programs made greater gains in reading skills and had lower termination rates than those students who did not have supplementary instruction. The report indicates that there was a significantly greater improvement in the reading skills of the four classes that used computer-assisted instruction than of the two classes that did not, but that the computer-assisted group suffered higher rates of attrition than the control group. The report concludes with a recommendation to investigate whether certain types of students benefit more from computer-assisted instruction than others. (HB)
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, Achievement Gains, Black Students, Community Colleges, Comparative Analysis, Computer Assisted Instruction, Conventional Instruction, Cost Effectiveness, Costs, Educationally Disadvantaged, Reading Improvement, Remedial Instruction, Remedial Reading, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Los Angeles Southwest College CA
Note: Paper presented at the International School Psychology Colloquium (Stockholm, Sweden, August 1-6, 1982).