ERIC Number: ED112941
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Case Studies of Innovation in the Educational Service Sector.
Rothenberg, Donna; Morgan, Robert P.
A comparative analysis was made of two vastly different educational innovations: the children's television program "Sesame Street," and the computer-assisted instruction (CAI) programs of the Institute for Mathematical Studies in the Social Sciences. The study was complicated by their distinct objectives and by their widely different means of delivery. The Children's Television Workshop, creators of "Sesame Street," concentrated on an inter-city target audience but achieved a much broader appeal. The numbers of viewers have increased and there have been measurable gains in the viewers cognitive development. Conclusive results about CAI are not yet available because of its limited deployment and the constantly changing state of the technology. With the recent introduction of more reliable terminal hardware and more sophisticated instructional programs, computers are expected to become more effective and less expensive. (EMH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.; National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Washington Univ., St. Louis, MO. Center for Development Technology.