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ERIC Number: ED064952
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Aug
Pages: 49
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Computer Assisted Instruction of College Physics Students in Small Groups. Final Report.
Gerrell, Glen E.
An experiment was performed in a two semester introductory college physics course for non-science majors. The goal of the experiment was to determine the extent to which computer-assisted instruction (CAI) and knowledge of group dynamics can overcome the serious instructional problems of large introductory lecture courses. Students were divided into three sections. Students in one section received the CAI as individual students; students in another section studied in small groups and received the CAI as a group; the third section served as a control group. Academic achievement, attitudinal development, and the sociometry of the students in the test sections were studied. It was found that the students preferred small group instruction. The students studying in small groups sometimes achieved academic results which were superior to the control group; but occasionally the small group produced significantly inferior results. When this happened, the group also demonstrated a significant deterioration in social structure. The small group instruction had a much lower cost per pupil than did the individual use of CAI. It was therefore concluded that a combination of CAI and careful attention to group dynamics may be an effective and economical way to solve the problem of large group instruction in introductory college courses. (JY)
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Sponsor: National Center for Educational Research and Development (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
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