Computer-assisted instruction + ? = Earth Science learning outcomes: Three case studies

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Abstract

This paper summarizes three companion computer-assisted instruction (CAI) case studies in a series for the last several years. These studies were designed to investigate a various of impacts of an Earth Science Computer-Assisted Tutorial (ESCAT), developed by the research team, on students' Earth science achievement and their attitudes toward Earth Science in senior high schools. The pretest-posttest control-group experimental design was adopted by all the three studies. Quantitative data were collected on students' pre- and post-treatment achievement and attitudes toward Earth Science measures. The multivariate analysis of covariance (MANCOVA) and analysis of covariance (ANCOVA) revealed that (a) the ESCAT has promise; (b) the "problem-solving" design of ESCAT is generally better than the "nonproblem-solving" design of the ESCAT; and (c) the "teacher-directed" ESCAT seems to produce statistically greater student gains than the "student-controlled" ESCAT. These findings suggested that instruction, such as the ESCAT should be more broadly developed and widely employed in the secondary Earth Science classrooms.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - International Conference on Computers in Education, ICCE 2002
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages1365-1366
Number of pages2
ISBN (Electronic)0769515096, 9780769515090
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2002 Jan 1
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Conference on Computers in Education, ICCE 2002 - Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 2002 Dec 32002 Dec 6

Publication series

NameProceedings - International Conference on Computers in Education, ICCE 2002

Other

OtherInternational Conference on Computers in Education, ICCE 2002
CountryNew Zealand
CityAuckland
Period02/12/302/12/6

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Education

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    Chang, C. Y., & Tsai, C. C. (2002). Computer-assisted instruction + ? = Earth Science learning outcomes: Three case studies. In Proceedings - International Conference on Computers in Education, ICCE 2002 (pp. 1365-1366). [1186251] (Proceedings - International Conference on Computers in Education, ICCE 2002). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/CIE.2002.1186251