ERIC Number: ED334979
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
The Effects of Program Control, Learner Control, and Learner Control with Advisement Lesson Control Strategies on Anxiety and Learning from Computer-Assisted Instruction.
Coorough, Randall P.
The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of three computer-assisted instruction (CAI) locus of instructional control strategies--learner control, learner control with advisement, and program control--on posttest performance and anxiety. The instructional content was a lesson addressing the effects of alcohol on the body. To examine the effects of the CAI lessons on learner anxiety and achievement, split-plot and pre- and posttest experimental designs were used. Subjects were undergraduate students randomly assigned to one of the three CAI treatment groups. All subjects completed the computer administered pre-assessment, CAI tutorial, and post-assessment. Pre- and post-assessment measurements consisted of a 24-item pretest and posttest along with a 10-item State-Trait Personality Inventory S-Anxiety subscale. Anxiety was assessed before, during, and after CAI. The major findings indicated that there were: (1) no significant achievement differences between lesson control treatments; (2) significant decreases in subjects' state anxiety levels across measurement occasions that were the same across treatments; and (3) the learner control with advisement treatment required a significantly greater amount of time to complete the CAI lesson than was required by the learner control treatment. (4 tables, 31 references) (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: In: Proceedings of Selected Research Presentations at the Annual Convention of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology; see IR 015 132.