ERIC Number: ED275487
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Impact of Computer Assisted Instruction on Mathematics Learning Gains of Elementary & Secondary Students.
Walker, Elaine; Azumi, Jann E.
In an effort to help determine the processes underlying the acquisition of various mathematical skills, this study examines some of the effects of computer based instruction on achievement in mathematics. The research reported in this document is based on the following questions: (1) what is the relationship between such attributes as sex, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, ability and mathematics achievement in computer based educational programs? (2) are there demonstrable differences in mathematics gain that are related to various content standards? and (3) how do such instructional factors as time on task and instructional management impact on achievement? These questions are addressed by looking at the performance of samples of elementary and secondary students enrolled in a drill and practice computer assisted instruction program. Among the findings of the research conducted with the elementary students were: (1) at the primary level (grades 2 and 3), students of higher ability made greater gains on the computer program; (2) there were no significant differences in performance at the intermediate level (grades 4, 5, 6); and (3) at the advanced level (grades 7 and 8) the students of lower ability had greater gains. Findings at the secondary level suggest that computer assisted instruction maximized individualized instruction and had beneficial learning effects for all ability level students. References are included. (TW)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Uses in Education, Elementary School Mathematics, Elementary Secondary Education, Ethnicity, Individualized Instruction, Instructional Improvement, Mathematics Achievement, Mathematics Education, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Skills, Secondary School Mathematics, Sex Differences, Socioeconomic Status, Time on Task
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Mathematics Education Research
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (69th, Chicago, IL, March 31-April 4, 1985).