ERIC Number: ED208181
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 III: PSI Meets ABE.
Cox, J. Lamarr; Lane, Carolee
A Personalized System of Instruction (PSI) program for nontraditional adult learners was developed, implemented, and evaluated for the purpose of making recommendations as to the need for and nature of further related research. Proposed program settings were two classes of adult basic education students and one of prison inmates. A case study approach was planned for each selected implementation site with primary emphasis on collection of observational information and collection of some comparison data. Due to internal problems, the prison class was dropped and an alternate setting selected, and actual enrollment was lower than expected. PSI students completed over 100 units of language and mathematics instruction. Almost a grade level increase in reading comprehension was indicated as was more than a grade level increase in both arithmetic computation and problem solving. Researchers also determined questions considered to represent issues for further research for PSI potential for teaching nontraditional adult learners. (Appendixes, amounting to over one-half of the report, include the introductory unit, "What is PSI?"; a sample language unit; practice language mastery demonstration; Instructions for PSI Classroom Manager; Proctor Guide; and sample program forms.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Adult Basic Education, Adult Education, Adult Programs, Autoinstructional Aids, Continuing Education, Educational Research, 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.