COMPARISON OF CONVENTIONAL AND PROGRAMED INSTRUCTION IN TEACHING AVIONICS FUNDAMENTALS
NAVAL PERSONNEL RESEARCH ACTIVITY SAN DIEGO CA
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The study is one of a series of investigations involving a variety of course content and training conditions where programmed instruction will be compared with conventional classroom instruction to provide information about the general utility of programmed instruction. Here the performance of 200 trainees taking 26 hours of conventional instruction in electrical calculations, direct current circuits, and direct current meters is compared with the performance of 200 trainees taking 19 hours of programmed instruction on the same content. Results indicate 1 The basic electronics students learned a relatively large block of programmed material to about the same degree but in substantially less time than was required by conventional instruction 2 the constructed response examination, prepared for programmed instruction purposes, exhibited satisfactory reliability 3 the conventional and programmed instruction groups did not differ significantly with respect to variability in performance 4 the 0990 performance level of programmed material decreased as a function of the amount of programmed material tested at a given time.
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