ERIC Number: ED248268
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Evaluating a Computer Education Program Qualitatively and Quantitatively.
Lai, Morris K.
This quantitative/qualitative evaluation of an 80-hour course integrating the SCOPE Computer Program in Mathematics and Science into the curriculum for students, grades 6-12, was conducted to: (1) provide immediate feedback to facilitate improvement of the program; (2) determine course effects; and (3) provide practitioners with an effective method of evaluating microcomputer use in educational settings. Careful evaluations of programs involving computer instruction and education are needed for progress in computer literacy and computer integration into the core curriculum. Data were collected from the 370 participating students, 13 instructors, eight lab assistants, and four program coordinators using pretests, interim feedback forms, posttests, and 40 hours of evaluator observation data. National Assessment of Educational Progress items were part of the test battery. Results showed gains in computer programming skills, mathematical problem-solving, and attitude toward computers. Sex differences were found in cognitive gain, use of computer labs, and discipline. Teacher training was part of the program. The appendix contains the "Formative Evaluation Feedback-SCOPE Session I," designed to assist personnel continuing to conduct the program. Findings and recommendations concerning student behavior, physical facilities, field trips, parent day/parent communication, the curriculum, and instructional strategies are presented. In addition, some unsystematic observations and conclusions are offered. (BS)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Evaluation Research; SCOPE Program
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (68th, New Orleans, LA, April 23-27, 1984).