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ERIC Number: ED539909
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1987-Oct
Pages: 158
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 125
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
The Use of Microcomputers in Secondary Physics
McAllister, Deborah A.
Online Submission, M.S.Ed. Thesis, University of Kansas
This thesis investigates the effects of using computer-assisted instruction to supplement traditional classroom methods in high school physics. Students were divided into two groups, experimental and control, with the experimental group receiving the supplement of a drill and practice exercise by microcomputer. After a 2-week study, data was collected on various measures: physics achievement, previous physics achievement, test completion time, attitude toward physics, and attitude toward the computer. Results showed that the lower achieving students had a more favorable attitude toward the computer, and that an interaction existed between treatment and previous physics achievement when current physics achievement was assessed. Some of the higher achieving groups had significantly higher scores than some of the lower achieving groups. In addition, it was found that as a group, females had higher physics achievement than males, and were quicker in completing the test of physics achievement. Differences in test completion time also existed between levels of previous physics achievement. According to these results, computer-assisted instruction is a good supplement to traditional instruction for lower achieving students. The following are appended: (1) Software; and (2) Instruments. (Contains 29 tables.)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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