ERIC Number: ED386160
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Cooperative Group Computer Competency Instruction: Efficacy and Effect on Anxiety.
McInerney, Valentina; And Others
This paper reports on a study designed to examine the comparative efficacy of collaborative self-regulated learning and direct teaching on the reduction of computer anxiety among students, as well as the comparative effects of these models of teaching on student achievement. Using a quasi-experimental design, two equivalent groups of university students completing computer coursework were given alternative modes of delivery of an introductory computing course. One group received "training" through direct teaching, and the other group received "training" through direct teaching plus collaborative self-regulated learning facilitated by the instructor. Results suggest that the group receiving "training" by direct teaching was less anxious at the conclusion of the subject than those receiving "training" through a combination of direct teaching and collaborative self-learning on three scales: gaining initial computer skills, competence with computers, and receiving feedback on computer competence. There were no interaction effects on these scales, and no significant differences by group were found on any of the other scales. There was no significant difference between the two groups on achievement level. (Contains 23 references.) (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the International Congress of Applied Psychology (23rd, July 17-22, 1994, Madrid, Spain).