ERIC Number: ED238509
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Aug-31
Reference Count: 0
The Impact of Computer Assisted Instruction As It Relates to Learning Disabled Adults in California Community Colleges.
Brower, Mary Jo
A study was conducted to determine the advantages and disadvantages of using computer-assisted instruction (CAI) with learning disabled (LD) adults attending California community colleges. A questionnaire survey of the directors of the LD programs solicited information on the availability of CAI for LD adults, methods of course advertisement, courses offered, and attitudes toward the approach. Survey findings, based on responses from all 107 community colleges, included the following: (1) 17% of the institutions offered classes specifically designed to enhance the education of LD adults using computers, and another 21% planned to implement such programs; (2) only three colleges selected LD adults to serve on advisory committees on computer use; (3) 72% of the colleges offering CAI did not send out materials advertising their courses, and 28% of these institutions changed the classroom environment; (4) 94% of the institutions offering CAI indicated that both students and staff were reacting favorably to the computer; (5) advantages of using CAI with LD adults were seen as enabling students to work at their own pace in a non-competitive environment, familiarizing LD students with the computer, providing instant reinforcement, and increasing motivation; and (6) disadvantages of using CAI with this group were seen as the lack of appropriate software and the frustration LD students may feel regarding CAI directions. The questionnaire is appended. (LAL)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Bachelor's Thesis, University of San Francisco.