ERIC Number: ED072635
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Learner-Controlled Computer-Assisted Instruction.
Judd, Wilson A.
Research on which aspects of the instructional process are most appropriately placed under learner control is reviewed. The review covers representative experiments from the 1960's in brief and experiments at the University of Texas from 1970 to 1973 in more detail. Although it appears that learner control can be helpful in mainline computer-assisted instruction (CAI), the characteristics of its role have not yet been well defined. The research in general has been inconclusive, and further research should focus on individual differences in learner control. Few studies found the expected conclusion that learner control improves student attitudes; however, one study found that learner-control students have lower scores on a state anxiety scale. Future research will hopefully determine the conditions under which learner control would reduce student anxiety. Since learner control is not as simple an instructional treatment as was first imagined; well controlled laboratory tests, rather than extensive instructional sequences seem appropriate for the study of conditions under which learner control is appropriate in CAI. (JK)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Texas Univ., Austin. Computer-Assisted Instruction Lab.
Note: Paper presented at the International School on Computer in Education (Pugnochiuso, Italy, July 3-21, 1972)