ERIC Number: ED265387
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Jun-6
Reference Count: N/A
Formative Evaluation of the Computer-Assisted Learning Pilot Project in Canadian Federal Penitentiary Schools. August 1983-March 1984.
Carlson, Marthena; Dostaler, Ann
The computer-assisted learning (CAL) pilot project in Canadian penitentiary schools involved the use of computer courseware supplied from a central computer via telephone lines to terminals in the schools. Courseware was in three curricular areas: mathematics, English language arts, and the BASIC programming language. The evaluation was conducted by visiting microcomputer and online sites, where teachers and inmate-students were interviewed and observed. Interview schedules, questionnaires, and opinionaires were developed for use by the evaluation team. An assessment of the extent to which Stony Mountain, Warkworth, Leclerc, and Springhill have been successful in implementing online CAL in the classrooms of their schools was examined. Factors that aided and impeded the implementation, staff and student attitudes, cost calculations, and comparisons with microcomputer delivery systems were recorded. Findings were that (1) staff and student attitudes are positive, (2) expenditures for the computer delivery mode are less than would have been required to have a teacher deliver the same number of hours of instruction, and (3) a justifiable need exists for additional equipment, courseware, and training. Recommendations are presented regarding teacher training and supervision, acquisition of additional hardware, improvements to software, and credits for courses. (Appendixes, amounting to approximately one-half of the report, contain descriptions of implementation sites, including student altitude survey results and summaries of staff attitudes and administrative concerns; information from other sites, including staff questionnaires; a list of suppliers; and a schedule of site visits for the project. (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Computer Assisted Instruction, Correctional Education, Cost Effectiveness, English, Foreign Countries, Formative Evaluation, Language Arts, Mathematics, Microcomputers, Online Systems, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Programing Languages, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Correctional Service of Canada, Ottawa (Ontario).
Identifiers - Location: Canada