ERIC Number: ED315638
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Keewatin Region Educational Authority Pilot Adult Education Project: Computer-Assisted Learning. Final Report.
Fahy, Patrick J.
This 2-year project attempted to improve local employment prospects of young adult Inuit in seven communities in the Keewatin Region in the Canadian Northwest Territories by providing them computer-assisted instruction (CAI) in adult basic education and high school equivalency upgrading programs; business, financial, and telecommunications software applications; and advanced topics such as higher math, physics, and chemistry. The programs operated at the level and pace of each learner. Data were gathered using a variety of qualitative and quantitative methods in order to address the five anticipated results of the project. The anticipated results of the project and whether they were achieved were as follows: (1) the training did attract and maintain the interest of a greater segment of the target population, as evidenced by enrollment increases in all programs, including typically low-prestige compensatory education programs upon which the computer technology seemed to confer prestige; (2) the training did not produce faster progress in academic training in that there were no differences between the Tests of Adult Basic Education scores of the computer-assisted students and those of Inuit students in other regions who did not have access to CAI; (3) the training did provide job readiness skills, including improved reading and speaking skills, greater awareness of and realism regarding their goals, skill at using software applications programs, and greater writing ability; (4) the training did increase students' chances of obtaining employment, with 46 percent of graduates employed 6 months after the course ended and the most common reason given for unemployment being the pursuit of more training; and (5) the training did develop an effective new educational model for the North, of which computers will be part. (The document contains copies of instruments and 24 tables.) (CML)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Adult Basic Education, Chemistry, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Software, Computer Uses in Education, Education Work Relationship, Employment Potential, Eskimos, Foreign Countries, Individualized Instruction, Job Skills, Mathematics Education, Physics, Science Curriculum, Student Attrition
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Canada Employment and Immigration Commission, Ottawa (Ontario).; Keewatin Regional Education Authority, Rankin Inlet (Northwest Territories).
Authoring Institution: Alberta Vocational Centre, Edmonton.
Identifiers - Location: Canada
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Test of Adult Basic Education