ERIC Number: ED327135
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
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An Investigation of Student's Learning Activities: A Comparison of Tutorial CAL and Traditional Methods.
Milne, Sue; And Others
Students at Glasgow College who were learning mathematics in the traditional lecture/tutorial situation were compared in an experimental study to those learning mathematics using a computer aided learning (CAL) tutorial. Questionnaires were given to the students to determine both their previous experience of computers, CAL, mathematics, and network theory, and their attitudes toward CAL. At the end of the investigation all of the students were requested to assess their understanding of the subject matter and interest in the teaching mode, and the same attitude survey was administered to detect any changes. Results indicated an overall lack of motivation among the students for mathematics and no difference in performance between the lecture/tutorial group and the CAL group. Students felt that the CAL program was better for reviewing old material than for learning new topics. It is concluded that observed differences in individual learning styles appear to be the dominant factor in student learning, and that a mode of delivery that adapts to such individual styles is essential for learning effectiveness. (4 references) (DB)
Descriptors: Cognitive Style, College Students, Comparative Analysis, Computer Assisted Instruction, Conventional Instruction, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Intermode Differences, Mathematics Instruction, Pretests Posttests, Programed Tutoring, Questionnaires, Student Attitudes, Student Motivation
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the International Conference on Technology and Education (7th, Brussels, Belgium, March 20-22, 1990).