ERIC Number: ED387091
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Something New about Notetaking: A Computer-Based Instructional Experiment.
Little research has been conducted related to the integration of notetaking as an instructional strategy into computer-based instruction (CBI). This report studies the effect of computer-based notetaking on both achievement and instructional completion time. Background information is provided on both CBI and notetaking, and the problem of developing effective computer-based instruction is examined. A study was conducted where notetaking was added to computer-based instruction. The strategy involved forced notetaking where students were not allowed to advance instruction until notes had been taken. The purpose of the study was to test the effects on both achievement and time of forced notetaking and optional notetaking when incorporated into CBI. Eighty-one Eastern Illinois University undergraduate novice students participated in the first test, and 53 undergraduate expert students participated in the second test. Students were randomly assigned to one of three groups: forced notetaking, optional notetaking, or a control group with no notetaking. The lesson was an instructional unit on the human heart, accompanied by terminology and comprehension tests. Students were allowed to review their notes before the tests were administered. Software was adapted to collect student responses during evaluation, collect typed notes, and keep track of time spent on the instructional unit. Results showed that achievement of the treatment groups, optional and forced notetakers, was significantly better than that of the control group, non-notetakers. The forced notetaking group performed slightly, yet statistically significantly, better on the posttest than the optional group. (Contains 16 references.) (MAS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Association of Small Computer Users in Education (ASCUE) Summer Conference. Proceedings (28th, North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, June 18-22, 1995); see IR 017 305.