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ERIC Number: ED316196
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Aug-8
Pages: 92
Abstractor: N/A
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What Happens after ACOT: Outcomes for Program Graduates One-Year Later.
Ross, Steven M.; And Others
This research examined the impact of the Apple Classrooms of Tomorrow (ACOT) project on seventh grade students in the year following their ACOT participation in sixth grade. Subjects were 24 former ACOT students and 29 matched control students, all of whom had attended sixth grade at the same school. All subjects were minority students representing an academically at-risk population. Research questions concerned the nature of the students' experiences during the post-ACOT school year and differences between the ACOT and control groups on measures of attitude and achievement. The questions were addressed using surveys of and interviews with students, parents, and teachers; a keyboarding skills test; course grades; and California Achievement Test (CAT) scores. Comparisons between groups showed much greater similarities than differences. Where differences were found, however, they consistently favored the ACOT group. Those advantages included: (1) higher fall ratings of social skills by students' English teachers; (2) higher overall fall English ratings; (3) superior fall and spring keyboarding skills; and (4) higher fall and spring mathematics and CAT scores. Parents of students in both groups expressed consistently positive views about computers and their role in education. The absence of stronger differences between ACOT and control students is interpreted as reflecting less about the effectiveness of ACOT than about the difficulty of trying to overcome at-risk students' long-term histories of failure and disadvantaged home environments with relatively short-term interventions. Data are displayed in six tables, and appended materials include the data collection instruments, interview summaries, and teachers' comments. (25 references) (GL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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