ERIC Number: ED243432
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Jan
Computer-Assisted Instruction and Continuing Motivation.
Mosley, Mary Lou; And Others
Effects of two feedback conditions--comment and no comment--on the motivation of sixth grade students to continue with computer assisted instruction (CAI) were investigated, and results for boys and for girls were compared. Subjects were 62 students--29 boys and 33 girls--from a suburban elementary school who were randomly assigned to the comment and no comment treatment groups. All students completed the same CAI unit on flow chart symbols and received knowledge of correct results personalized with their names during the three practices in the unit. The comment treatment group was also given one positive comment related to competence after each practice and in the middle of the third practice. Subjects who chose the computer for the next task were judged as showing continuing motivation. Questionnaires were used to collect data on other factors related to continuing motivation such as competence, interests, and task difficulty. Results indicated a strong relationship between student attitudes and return to task. Significant attitude factors included students' perception of their performance, interest level of the task, attitude toward computers, perceived task difficulty, and desire to know their performance in relation to others; use of the computer itself also seemed to be a strongly motivational factor. No significant relationship with return-to-task rate was obtained for comment and sex of subject. Twenty-two references are listed. (LMM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (Dallas, TX, January 20-24, 1984). For proceedings, see IR 011 020.