ERIC Number: ED110130
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Jul
Reference Count: 0
A Comparison of the Achievement Results on a Social Science Unit by Kennedy-King College [Illinois] Students Instructed by Computer with Those Instructed by Individualized Booklets.
Magidson, Errol M.
Two mediated approaches to individualized instruction--computer-assisted (PLATO) and individualized booklet--were compared in terms of their effect on student achievement. Computer-assisted instruction offers potentially sophisticated use of individualized instruction techniques (e.g., random selection of items, sequencing, and answer judging, but the booklet has a potential advantage in its portability and relative low cost of production. Forty-three inner city social science students, assumed to be homogeneous in intelligence and age, were divided into two groups. After suitable introduction to their respective methods, the students were given a week to complete a study unit. Using the t-test for independent samples on the data from the post-test scores, the null hypothesis that there will be no significant difference in the mean achievement scores between the two groups could not be rejected by the results of the .05 level of significance, although there was a slight difference in favor of the PLATO method. Although both groups enjoyed the instruction, there was a significant difference between the mean attitudinal scores favoring PLATO. A short bibliography is appended. (Author/MJK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova University