ERIC Number: ED263344
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Aug-22
Reference Count: N/A
Pregnancy and You. Courseware Evaluation for Vocational and Technical Education.
Sarle, Ruth; And Others
This courseware evaluation rates the "Pregnancy and You" program, developed by Intellectual Software and sold by Career Aids, Inc. The courseware was rated by a team of home economists participating in a network designed to identify and evaluate courseware and disseminate reviews for vocational and technical teachers, media staff, and administrators. Part A describes "Pregnancy and You" in terms of subject area (pregnancy, maternal, child health), and hardware requirements (Apple II, IBM PC, or Macintosh), and indicates its suitability for use as a tutorial for ninth-grade through adult levels. Listed next are appropriate instructional grouping (individual and small groups) and time estimate (45 minutes). Availability information includes cost ($44.95), policies, and contact address. Part B contains the courseware evaluation criteria in eight categories; reviewer ratings appear as yes, somewhat, no, or not applicable, with explanatory comments. Part C summarizes the evaluation. The strengths of this program are that it individualizes technical information, is accurate and easy to use, and requires little supervision. Weaknesses include intensive reading, little audiovisual variety, lack of stimulation, and failure to review or give additional information. A summary section indicates that this courseware received the following overall ratings in the eight categories: subject matter has educational value--yes; technical presentation, student interaction, program interaction, student evaluation, and documentation are all adequate--somewhat; and work behaviors and application programs--not applicable. The final rating recommends this courseware with reservations, suggesting its use with self-motivated students. (SK)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Media Staff; Administrators; Practitioners
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. National Center for Research in Vocational Education.