ERIC Number: ED235959
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluation of Computer Assisted Instruction in Math, Pasco School District. Final Report.
McConnell, Beverly B.
Computer assisted instruction (CAI) significantly improved the math skills of elementary school children, according to the results of an experiment conducted by the Pasco (Washington) School District. The experiment was designed to determine whether CAI would improve student math performance and whether CAI would improve math performance more than a less expensive alternative program. During two semesters, approximately 500 students in grades 3-6 received one of three math treatments: CAI, the alternative paper and pencil drill and practice program, or the regular district math curriculum. While all three treatments brought children from below to above age grade norms in total math, CAI improved the learning of total math and computational skills significantly more than the other two treatments. The regular curriculum was more successful in improving concept application skills. CAI was most effective at the third grade level and least effective at the sixth. CAI was also very effective for children enrolled in special education and remedial programs, for migrant children, and for children with limited English proficiency. A positive correlation existed between length of time spent on the computer and gain in math performance. A high and consistent correlation also existed between grade equivalent ratings on standardized tests and those ratings derived from the computer. (SB)
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Computation, Computer Assisted Instruction, Elementary Education, Elementary School Mathematics, Grade 3, Grade 6, Limited English Speaking, Mathematical Concepts, Mathematics Achievement, Mathematics Curriculum, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Skills, Migrant Children, Remedial Instruction, Special Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pasco School District 1, WA.