ERIC Number: ED334299
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Chapter I Resource Laboratory Program for Computer Assisted Instruction (CAI) 1989-1990. Evaluation Report.
Roberts, Veronica A.; Madhere, Serge
This evaluation of the 1989-90 Resource Laboratory Program for Computer Assisted Instruction (CAI) in Washington (District of Columbia) elementary and junior high schools found that the program improved participants' mathematics achievement, but did not have a significant effect on reading achievement. The program is funded under Chapter 1 of the Education Consolidation and Improvement Act of 1981. Students are assisted by a teacher and an aide with the following "tripod" of learning activities: (1) teacher-directed instruction; (2) a computer-assisted lesson; and (3) independent learning involving reading or mathematics activities. Three different computer systems, each with different capabilities, are used. Evaluation information was gathered from pre- and posttest scores on the Comprehensive Test of Basic Skills (CTBS), teacher and student questionnaires, and classroom interviews. The following findings are highlighted: (1) participants did not show significant gains in reading achievement, with the exception of those who used Apple computers that have interactive capabilities; (2) participants showed significant gains in mathematics achievement; (3) the scope of remediation was an important factor in promoting greater accuracy in mathematics skill development; (4) overall, participants' skill levels improved over the instructional period; (5) there may be some discrepancy between student learning objectives and the objectives tested by the CTBS; and (6) students and teachers reported satisfaction with the program. Statistical data are presented in 15 graphs. (FMW)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: District of Columbia Public Schools, Washington, DC.
Identifiers: District of Columbia Public Schools; Education Consolidation Improvement Act Chapter 1