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ERIC Number: ED265852
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-May-15
Pages: 42
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluation of a Computer-Controlled Videodisc Program To Teach Pediatric Neuromotor Assessment. Revised.
Huntley, Joan Sustik; And Others
To assess the instructional effectiveness and user acceptance of a computer-controlled videodisc program designed to teach medical students to recognize and assess motor dysfunction in infants, an experimental group of third year medical students (N=65) were instructed using the videodisc program; a corresponding control group (N=70) did not use the program. Data were gathered from three instruments: (1) a 10-item multiple choice subtest on knowledge that was embedded in the 120-item final examination at the end of the 6-week pediatric rotation; (2) a 9-item multiple choice subtest assessing diagnostic skills that was provided via videotape as part of the same exam; and (3) a 20-item attitude questionnaire for students in the experimental group. Findings indicate that there were statistically significant differences between the experimental and control groups and that the students in the experimental group scored higher on both subtests. Neither variation on the amount of prior clinical experience nor time spent in the clinical unit had an effect on student scores. In addition, despite some technical problems, students' evaluation of the program's educational qualities was very positive and all said the program should continue to be part of medical school training in pediatrics. However, medical students did rate computer-videodisc second behind actual experience as an instructional method. Information on subsequent updating of the program, sample computer screen and videodisc frames from the program, a list of references, four data tables, and examples from the 19-item diagnostic test complete the document. (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A