ERIC Number: ED254619
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Computer Software for Vocational Education: Development and Evaluation. State-of-the-Art Paper.
Matthews, John; Winsauer, John
This paper presents a basis for judging the merits and shortcomings of computer software for vocational education and contains a comprehensive evaluation tool for educational software. The historical development of computer hardware and software as used in education is addressed. A discussion of the evaluation of educational software stresses the need for outside evaluations and describes some aids to developing and evaluating software. Available evaluations are identified. Concepts from learning theory are translated to the world of educational software; these include: classical and operant conditioning, cognitive approaches, and learning efficiency and effectiveness. Instructional models that might be derived from learning theory are analyzed. Instructional methodology for computer delivery is discussed in terms of the nature of the hardware available and the appropriateness of the software to the instructional objectives--both of which place constraints on using computers for instruction. Criteria used in available instruments for evaluating educational software are presented, including software objectives and design, acquisition, program content, hardware/software operation and the user, and compatibility and special system needs. The final section describes the evaluation instrument, which was evolved from other evaluatory systems and was pilot-tested with a variety of vocationally oriented software packages. Appendixes contain the Educational Microcomputer Software Description and Evaluation Form and sample evaluations. (YLB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Tennessee Univ., Knoxville. Office for Research in High Technology Education.
Note: For related documents, see CE 040 115-126. Product of the "High Technology Education: A Program of Work" Project.