ERIC Number: ED337158
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
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Computer Controlled Spelling Instruction: A Case Study in Courseware Design.
Assink, Egbert; van der Linden, Jan
The research project "Feedback Processes in Computer Managed Spelling Instruction" is aimed at developing and testing an instructional software program for teaching the orthography of Dutch verbs. The main focus of this paper is on how to design an optimal educational environment. The design of the man-computer interaction is highlighted from a number of aspects: the sequencing of the learning content, the presentation of information on the screen, and the format of student input and feedback. The program consists of seven instructional modules, each focusing on a grammatical operation such as grammatical tense, person, number and voice. Two versions of the program, a Standard Version and a Flexible Version, were field tested and the results were compared, taking account of individual differences in spelling ability and motivation variables. Results indicated that no strong interactions between treatment variables and student characteristics could be established; however, on the whole, the software proved to be effective. (6 references) (Author/DB)
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Software, Computer System Design, Feedback, Foreign Countries, Individual Differences, Instructional Design, Junior High Schools, Learning Modules, Man Machine Systems, Programed Instruction, Programed Instructional Materials, Sequential Approach, Spelling Instruction, Structural Grammar
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, April 3-7, 1991).