ERIC Number: ED208179
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Apr-17
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluation of the Adaptation of the Personalized System of Instruction to Nontraditional Adult Learners. Final Report. Volume I: Executive Summary.
Cox, J. Lamarr; Lane, Carolee
A Personalized System of Instruction (PSI) program for nontraditional adult learners was developed, implemented, and evaluated. The study objective was to determine if further investigation of use of PSI was worthwhile. From a review of literature and practice of PSI and adult learning, conclusions were drawn regarding major factors to consider when developing and implementing a PSI program for nontraditional adult learners. Suggestions were related to five basic elements of PSI: materials, mastery requirement, self-pacing, peer proctors, and motivational lectures. Two large subpopulations of nontraditonal adult learners were identified as needing the educational assistance PSI offers--persons needing adult basic education and adults in correctional institutions. Three adult basic education classes of a public continuing education institution were selected for implementation of a PSI program; two other classes served as comparison groups. Twenty-five PSI students mastered 48 language and 69 mathematics units. They showed average gains of almost one grade level in reading comprehension and more than one grade level in arithmetic computation and problem solving. No gains were indicated for comparison students. Areas for research were identified for the five elements of PSI. (YLB)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Adult Basic Education, Adult Education, Adult Learning, Adult Programs, Adult Students, Autoinstructional Aids, Continuing Education, Educational Research, Literature Reviews, Mastery Learning, Mathematics, Nontraditional Students, Pacing, Peer Teaching, Program Development, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, Reading Comprehension, Research Needs, Student Evaluation
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Research Triangle Inst., Durham, NC. Center for Educational Research and Evaluation.