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ERIC Number: ED064400
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Apr
Pages: 25
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
A Comparison of Two Public School Computer-Assisted Instruction Projects.
Taylor, Susan S.; And Others
A comparison of two projects involving CAI was made and the advantages and disadvantages of the approaches employed at each installation during their developmental and operational phase was made. The two projects are in Kansas City, Missouri, and Wakulla County, Florida. Both installations are located in public schools and were originally funded through Title III of the ESEA act. The original plan of the Kansas City project was to develop a series of short, half-hour, single concept enrichment lessons. Each of these lessons was designed such that a student would bypass a sequence if his performance was on the pretest indicates he had already mastered the concepts involved, thus minimizing the time spent in remedial lessons. The Wakulla County project attempted to upgrade and maintain student achievement at a satisfactory level by providing individualized instruction via CAI. Two primary goals of the project were (1) to implement computer-assisted instruction in mathematics and reading for southern rural students, and (2) develop and implement oral language materials to add standard speech patterns to the colloquial patterns of the students. The results of both methods indicated that the students held a favorable attitude toward CAI. Results in Wakulla indicated that across the board overall improvements in performance from fall 1968 to spring 1969 were attained with the most substantial increases reflecting the concentration of CAI treatment at the second and third grade levels. Both projects were particularly different with respect to staffing, operations, and a philosophy of curriculum development. This comparison emphasizes a need to visit more than one installation before forming an opinion of what CAI can and cannot do. (CK)
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Note: Paper presented at the annual meeting of the AERA (Chicago, Ill., April 1972)