ERIC Number: ED438427
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Comparing and Contrasting the Effectiveness of Computer-Based Instruction with Traditional Classroom Instruction in the Delivery of a Cross-Cultural Educational Module for Agriculturalists. A Summary Report of Research. Department Information Bulletin.
Murphrey, Theresa Pesl
A study was conducted to determine the effectiveness of computer-based instruction for delivering a cross-cultural module to undergraduate agricultural students enrolled at Texas A&M University. A quasi experimental research method, known as a nonequivalent control group design was used. The population consisted of 68 students enrolled in non-honors sections of the undergraduate course, Agricultural Education 440, Principles of Technological Change, during the fall 1996 semester. A cross-cultural module was developed for delivery by two different instructional methods: traditional classroom and computer based. Three instruments were developed to collect data as pre-test, post-test, and post-posttest. Cronbach's alpha was used to determine the reliability of each instrument. The alphas obtained were pretest=.61; posttest=.80; and post post-test =.77. Students initially had a relatively low cross-cultural knowledge, with the mean score of the pre-test being 49 for the control group and 53 for the treatment group out of 100 points possible. Both traditional classroom and computer based instruction were effective in facilitating learning regarding cross-cultural education. Computer based instruction was more effective. Students perceived computer based instruction to be a valuable teaching tool when used in association with traditional classroom instruction. The null hypothesis that "no difference would exist between the control group and the treatment group" was rejected. (Contains 79 references.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Texas A and M Univ., College Station. Dept. of Agricultural Education.