ERIC Number: ED244108
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Description of an Introductory Learning Strategies Course for the Job Skills Educational Program.
Murphy, Debra Ann; Derry, Sharon J.
The Job Skills Educational Program (JSEP), currently under development for the Army Research Institute, embeds learner strategies training within the context of a basic skills computer-assisted instruction curriculum. The curriculum is designed for low-ability soldiers, and consists largely of instruction in the domain of intellectual skills. An introductory course in the JSEP curriculum contains two major units. The first familiarizes students with the computer system (both Microticcit and Plato versions are being programmed). The second teaches an organizing metastrategy consisting of five general steps that together form an approach for taking each basic skills lesson. The five steps are setting goals and self-pacing, mood management, reading comprehension, developing skilled memory, and problem solving. Each step is presented in a separate module and is introduced by a cartoon character that represents that step. Characters appear repeatedly throughout the curriculum as prompts to recall and use strategies. A brief review unit presents the metastrategy as a coordinated activity, to teach students to modify the metastrategy as a technique for studying at home and taking tests. (A reference list is appended.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Army; Job Skills Educational Program
Note: Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (68th, New Orleans, LA, April 23-27, 1984).