ERIC Number: ED229501
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr-11
Reference Count: 0
The Impact of Computer-Assisted Instruction on Disadvantaged Young Adults in a Non-Traditional Educational Environment.
Geller, Daniel M.; Shugoll, Mark
This paper reports the preliminary results of an experiment on the impact of computer assisted instruction (CAI) on disadvantaged students participating in the U.S. Department of Labor's Job Corps Program. In 1980-81, data were collected from participants in the Job Corps Comprehensive Computer Program at a large center in the Southwest. The program established separate experimental and control groups in basic skills reading and mathematics. The experimental group used regular Job Corps paper-and-pencil materials supplemented by CAI, while the control group used paper-and-pencil materials exclusively. All participants in the study were assessed as needing remedial work. Analysis of the pretest and posttest performance data for reading indicates substantially greater gains by participants in the CAI model, as compared to the control group. Associated with this gain were a shorter mean length of stay in Job Corps for students in the experimental group, as well as a lower dropout rate. No significant model effects in performance were found in mathematics. Some of the study's methodological problems that may have biased its results are discussed throughout the paper. (CG)
Descriptors: Basic Skills, Computer Assisted Instruction, Dropout Programs, Educational Experiments, Educationally Disadvantaged, Evaluation Methods, Job Training, Mathematics Achievement, Program Effectiveness, Reading Achievement, Young Adults
Daniel Geller, Advanced Technology, Inc., 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, Virginia 22091.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Job Corps
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Montreal, Quebec, Canada, April 11-14, 1983).