ERIC Number: ED095307
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1970-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Effectiveness of Reinforcement Schedule in Relation to Certain Adult Characteristics Using Computer Assisted Instruction. Adult Learning Resources Project, Research Monograph No. 3.
Small, Hazel Christine
The monograph reports the problem, design, and findings of graduate student research directly related to adult basic education teacher training. The objectives of this experiment were to assess: (1) the degree of relationship among reinforcement, learning, and self-concept for adults using computer assisted instruction (CAI); (2) changes in learner performance with changes in reinforcement schedule; and (3) the contribution of self-concept to changes in learner performance when reinforcement schedule is varied. It was concluded that the sample of adults exhibited self-concepts which were significantly lower than had been predicted. Data indicated significant differences between correlations of self-concept, treatments, and all four learner performances: (1) achievement, (2) trials, (3) time, and (4) errors. An examination of overall CAI performance indicated that those learners with the least enabling ability required more trials but made more actual gains without regard to self-concept scores on treatment effects. Having investigated a number of variables aiding in the design of CAI materials and programs, problems for further research are suggested. A 30-page bibliography and appendix concludes the document. (Author/MW)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Learning, Adults, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Oriented Programs, Data Analysis, Evaluation Methods, Individual Characteristics, Man Machine Systems, Motivation, Programed Instruction, Reinforcement, Self Actualization, Self Concept, Self Concept Measures, Tables (Data)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Adult, Vocational, and Technical Education (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: North Carolina State Univ., Raleigh. Dept. of Adult Education.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Adult Education Act 1966