ERIC Number: ED306950
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Jan-19
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Effectiveness of a Teaching Tool for Individualized Instruction: An Interactive Computer Managed System, WICAT. November 1985 through June 1988.
Mys, Donald P.; Petrie, James
This paper describes the effectiveness of the WICAT (World Institute of Computer Assisted Teaching) instructional system at three schools in Dearborn, Michigan. The focus of the WICAT student achievement evaluation plan at Salina Elementary and Junior High Schools centered upon 1-year and 3-year student achievement in reading and mathematics. Students showed significant growth in both reading and mathematics during the 1987-1988 school year as measured by the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills, but the reading results were the same as occurred before WICAT. Mathematics grade equivalent gains, when compared to before WICAT, increased 50% for grade 2 students and 43% for grade 3 students. Salina grade 4 students also had about the same reading gains and significantly higher mathematics gains when compared to similar students in other schools who did not have WICAT instruction. Low achieving mathematics students appeared to show the greatest growth. While the Iowa Tests results did not report positive and significant achievement gains in reading, the Michigan Educational Assessment Program test results did show such gains as well as positive and significant results in reading. A separate research study showed statistically significant gains in student comprehension and algebra achievement at Fordson High School. An appendix describes the instructional programs which used WICAT, including a bilingual program for grades 2-6. (EW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: A Special Report for the Michigan Educational Research Association Conference (Lansing, MI, January 19, 1989).