ERIC Number: ED088466
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Dec-31
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Comparison Of Student Performance And Attitude Under Three Lesson-Selection Strategies In Computer-Assisted Instruction.
Beard, Marian H.; And Others
A research study investigated the effects on student performance and attitude of three different strategies for selecting lessons in a course in computer programing presented by computer. Sixty college students were randomly assigned to the strategies of student selection of lessons, program selection in the light of the student's past performance, and forced selection independent of the student's history. Several aptitude, performance, and attitude measures were applied, and no significant inter-group differences were found. These findings run counter to the common belief that students who control their course of study perform better and have more positive attitudes. The possibility exists that the particular computer programing course used in the experiment, since it was essentially linear in nature, did not lend itself to student control and that this tended to obscure differences which otherwise would have been manifested. To test this hypothesis, an additional experiment involving a nonlinear instructional-experimental environment is being planned. (Author/PB)
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Sponsor: Office of Naval Research, Arlington, VA. Personnel and Training Research Programs Office.
Authoring Institution: Stanford Univ., CA. Inst. for Mathematical Studies in Social Science.