ERIC Number: ED289472
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Mar
Time on Task Analysis of the Logan High School Wandah Project. Final Report.
Latham, Glen; Stoddard, Charles G.
Part of an overall evaluation study of the WANDAH Project at Logan High School (Utah), this study compared the time on task of students in a computer-based English class in two conditions, the handwriting condition (any situation in which they were not involved with computers) and the computer condition. Observational techniques were used to code data under specified timed structures and the results of the six observation periods were analyzed statistically to determine any significant differences. It was found that: (1) students in the computer condition were more often on task (95.1% of the time) than in the handwriting condition (58% of the time); (2) teachers tended to be more involved with students who were using computers; and (3) time on task was affected by the computer location, traffic patterns in the computer writing laboratory, and line of sight from students to teachers. Recommendations for future studies conclude the report and the results of the statistical analysis are displayed in a graph. (RP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wasatch Inst. for Research and Evaluation, Logan, UT.