ERIC Number: ED043830
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Feb
Reference Count: 0
An Evaluation of the Effectiveness of the Allen Teaching Machine at the Federal Correctional Institution, Lompoc, California. Final Report.
Ross, Harvey L.
This study evaluated the use of the Allen group teaching machines in a basic skills program (arithmetic, language arts, General Educational Development preparation) at the Federal Correctional Institution (FCI), Lompoc, California. Out of 317 eligible inmates, 172 enrolled. The evaluator interviewed inmates, teachers, and prison administrators, and collected data for comparisons between the Lompoc program and other approaches. Machines displayed the special advantage of defining the teacher role as benign and supportive. The teachers, who became primarily observers of the learning process and evaluators of programing effectiveness, have tended to receive their new role favorably. The inmates clearly preferred machines for learning facts by rote. Student grade year gains ranged from .8 (on a 20 hour verbal skills course) to 2.4 (in a 13.5 hour number facts course), with an overall mean gain of 1.4 grades for 24 hours of study. Results achieved in the FCI program seemed to compare favorably with those from other methods. Systematic dissemination of the Allen teaching machines throughout the Federal panel system was urged. (Included are educational statistics, special reports, questionnaires, and estimates of cost and personnel needs.) (LY)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Education, Correctional Education, Costs, Prisoners, Program Evaluation, Programed Instruction, Programing, Questionnaires, Research, Small Group Instruction, Student Attitudes, Student Teacher Relationship, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Role, Teaching Machines
Human Interaction Research Institute, 10889 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 610, Los Angeles, California 90024
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Authoring Institution: Human Interaction Research Inst., Los Angeles, CA.