ERIC Number: ED225665
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Computer-Assisted Instruction as a Training Methodology for Child Placement Licensing Staff.
Flynn, John P.; And Others
Results are provided from a formative evaluation of computer-assisted instruction (CAI) designed for training of foster home certification and licensing staff. The evaluation was undertaken to provide information on issues of feasibility, installation, and implementation of CAI. Project data were obtained from two sources: the first was a review and analysis of CAI literature, the second was a field administration of CAI lessons, followed by an evaluative questionnaire given to 29 workers from preselected child placement agencies in southwest and southcentral Michigan. The literature and field findings support the proposition that CAI is effective in teaching about licensing and regulation. Literature findings suggest that content allowing for narrow user discretion is more applicable to CAI than is content allowing for broad user discretion. Over three-fourths of the sample said the CAI lessons increased their knowledge base in the area of licensing and that CAI is a workable and practical way to teach some aspects of licensing and certification. The remaining one-fourth of the sample said they were not sure about the effectiveness of CAI, but no one indicated negative feelings regarding its use. These positive findings resulted in a call for further research on and development of the CAI system to include more areas of licensing training. Related materials, including organizational charts of the Michigan Department of Social Services, forms of the questionnaires used, and data tables are appended. (MP)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Western Michigan Univ., Kalmazoo. School of Social Work.
Identifiers: Michigan; Placement (Foster Care)