ERIC Number: ED229290
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Computer Assisted Learning in a Sixth Form Economics Course. Research Papers in Economics Education.
Wood, K. R. J.
The impact that computer assisted learning (CAL) has had on economics teaching in British high schools and the extent of use of CAL materials by British economics primary and secondary teachers is provided through two case studies and a survey. The first case study investigated the use of an economics computer simulation as a teaching aid on the achievement of 2 groups of 11 British high school students. The second case study, involving a group of 12 high school students split into 2 matching groups with regard to ability, compared the use of CAL with the lecture method. Materials used in the case studies were those developed by the Schools Council Computers in the Curriculum Project. Knowledge attainment and students' attitudes were assessed through pre- and posttests and questionnaires. Results show that CAL does not have a superior effect on learning compared with more traditional methods; student motivation is enhanced by the use of the computer; the size and composition of the teaching group is an important determinant of learning; and CAL may be best suited to high ability students. The survey of a sample of 38 members of the Economics Association of Kent (response rate of 50%) and of 21 economics teachers attending an economics education conference in Kent (60% response rate) indicates that CAL has not been integrated into economics teaching to any significant extent. (RM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: London Univ. (England). Inst. of Education.
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Great Britain)