Development of a computer assisted instruction program for use in teaching basic mathematics to graduate students
Bainbridge, John K.
Janiec, Roy T.
Leslie, William H.
Spence, John C. H.
Cowie, James B.
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The mathematical knowledge needed for the successful completion of the Navy Management program at the Postgraduate School is greater than that initially possessed by many of the officers assigned. Due primarily to a lack of time, the lecture-type review course currently offered to correct this situation has been only partially successful. More individualized instruction would be beneficial to all students involved; this could be realized in the given time period by the use of programmed instruction in general and computer-assisted in particular. It was directed toward an attempt to determine the feasibility of utilizing computer assisted instruction at this school. Specifically, the study developed a programmed instruction course in arithmetic and geometric progressions to be used with the IBM Computer Assisted Instruction System currently installed at the school. The course is designed to be used, after extensive testing and revising, in a feasibility study to determine if this method of instruction is superior to the lecture method of teaching basic mathematics to graduate students in the Navy Management Program. This paper is an extensive report of the research conducted, the techniques adopted and the procedures followed in developing the programmed instruction course in progressions. It is intended to be beneficial both to an academic administrator and program authors interested in computer assisted instruction.
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