ERIC Number: ED214707
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Dec-12
Reference Count: N/A
Computer-Assisted Instruction. Research on School Effectiveness Project: Topic Summary Report.
Rapaport, P.; Savard, W. G.
The Alaska School Effectiveness Project produced several reports in a series of reviews of research literature on such topics as computer-assisted instruction. Using an ERIC search and conventional library methods, the question raised was "Does computer-assisted instruction (CAI), when combined with traditional instruction, lead to higher achievement than traditional instruction alone?" The research findings made it clear that CAI is an effective supplement to traditional instruction. The evidence was not strong enough to support teaching by CAI exclusively; a combination approach seemed to work best. CAI was also popular with students and often improved their attitude toward subject matter. It is recommended that the use of CAI be actively promoted and expanded, especially in small schools in rural areas where it is difficult to offer full schedules of classes to limited numbers of students. It is also recommended that CAI be increased with low-achieving students and with students alienated by traditional teaching methods. Since the development of CAI programs may be beyond the capabilities of some small districts, it is recommended that the state lead in development efforts, providing both financial support and technical expertise. The document includes item decision displays, a 22 citation bibliography, and individual item reports on the citations. (BRR)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Alaska State Dept. of Education, Juneau. Office of Planning and Research.
Authoring Institution: Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR.