ERIC Number: ED123467
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
PLATO Instruction for Elementary Accounting.
McKeown, James C.
A progress report of a study using computer assisted instruction (CAI) materials for an elementary course in accounting principles is presented. The study was based on the following objectives: (1) improvement of instruction in the elementary accounting sequence, and (2) help for transfer students from two-year institutions. The materials under development are part of the Programmed Logic for Automatic Teaching Operation IV system (PLATO IV). One feature of the system which is extensively used in the accounting materials is provision for the student to enter arithmetic or algebraic expressions as a response to a question. The expression can then be evaluated and the result compared to the correct answer. This feature allows the student to concentrate on the method of solution. The advantages and potential disadvantages of the CAI system are discussed. Twenty-six lessons were developed for the first semester and seventeen for the second semester of a course in financial accounting, and their testing and implementation are described. Examination results and an analysis of student time and completion of homework revealed significant differences in favor of the PLATO IV instruction. (Author/EC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Price Waterhouse and Co., New York, NY.; Peat, Marwick, Mitchell and Co., Chicago, IL.; National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana. Computer-Based Education Research Lab.