ERIC Number: ED108682
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Training Mathematics Skills with Games.
McCann, Patrick H.
The efficiency of using games presented on the PLATO IV instructional system to provide remedial mathematics training for Basic Electricity/Electronics School trainees was tested. Two learning tasks which provide the most difficulty for students were selected and instructionally programed for the PLATO IV system. Drill and practice routines for the two tasks were prepared in three methods. Two games were designed which utilized PLATO IV display capabilities, along with a conventional problem presentation followed by answer feedback routine. A group of students was assigned to each of the counterbalanced order of the independent tasks. Within each group, students received one of the six possible combinations of the three methods. No significant differences in performance or training time measures were found between the three training methods. Questionnaire data indicated that students who experienced both game mathematics practice and conventional practice definitely preferred game practice. It was observed that the effectiveness of using games as an instructional technique suffered more than that of the conventional method when PLATO IV hardware and software operations were unstable. (Author/SL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Navy Personnel Research and Development Center, San Diego, CA.