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ERIC Number: ED382563
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Dec
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
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Teachers' Opinion of Computer-Assisted-Instruction (CAI).
Berry, Shirley Ann
This paper reviews literature on the effectiveness of computer-assisted instruction (CAI) and reports on the results of a survey of teachers' opinions of CAI. The literature review indicates that CAI exerts small but positive effects on learning but is not a miracle cure, and more evaluation of it is needed. A survey was conducted of 30 teachers who use CAI in the Chicago (Illinois) Public Schools. According to the findings, teachers felt that CAI should begin as early as kindergarten and that CAI prepares students for the world of work, but they felt that CAI basically involves learning how to play games on the computer and students will become bored with it. Teachers disagreed with statements that CAI was better than traditional teaching, that students are more motivated by computers than by teachers, that drill and practice diminishes the students' ability to learn how to learn, and that CAI denies students the opportunity to theorize and reason. The majority of the teachers felt that CAI enhanced student achievement and enabled children to pace their own learning. The paper concludes that teachers are mixed on their acceptance of CAI as it relates to their own needs and as an enhancement to their students' achievement. (Contains 14 references.) (JDD)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers: Chicago Public Schools IL