ERIC Number: ED348521
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Apr-8
Reference Count: N/A
SALSA (Southwest Advanced Learning System for Adults). Pilot Project Research Report.
Rio Salado Community Coll., AZ.
Researchers at Rio Salado Community College (Arizona) directing an educational research project, called the Southwest Advanced Learning System for Adults (SALSA), placed personal computers in the homes of production line workers as a supplement to traditional classroom basic skills training. Objectives were to determine whether this supplemental home-based computer education could shorten the time needed for factory workers to attain a desired level of reading competency and to determine whether other family members would perceive this learning system to be of value. Fifty-three Motorola, Inc. employees were issued computers for home use between August and December 1990. They received training in using them to access the NOVANET system for computer-assisted instruction. At the end of the project 40 were interviewed in groups; 17 family members were interviewed by telephone. Statistical analyses included reviewing employee and family data for patterns of computer usage. Thirty SALSA participants were paired with a control group of employees who received conventional instruction. These pairs were pre- and post-tested on the Tests of Adult Basic Education reading competency. Interviews revealed that employees in the experimental group and their families believed their skill and knowledge levels had increased. Critical variables affecting home-based computer use included perceived problems with initial training, hardware, and software; system downtime; and lack of clearly defined goals and objectives. Statistical analyses indicated greater gains for SALSA participants, but the gains were not statistically significant. (Appendixes include interview questions and answers and NOVANET course descriptions.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Blue Collar Occupations, Computer Assisted Instruction, Demonstration Programs, Educational Innovation, Home Study, Illiteracy, Independent Study, Literacy Education, Microcomputers, Reading Skills, Staff Development, Telecommunications, Workplace Literacy
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Rio Salado Community Coll., AZ.