TRAINING IN COMPUTER FLOW CHARTING USING PROGRAMMED INSTRUCTION: ELIMINATING THE EFFECTS OF MATHEMATICS APTITUDE UPON ACHIEVEMENT,
NAVAL PERSONNEL RESEARCH ACTIVITY SAN DIEGO CALIF NAVY TRAINING RESEARCH LAB
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Three studies have been conducted to discover instructional methods which would assist those who have difficulty in learning to flow chart for computer programming purposes. In all of these studies mathematics aptitude was found to be a powerful factor in influencing achievement. During these three studies an instructional program had been constructed and successively modified without changing the relationship between mathematics aptitude and learning. Substantial revisions in the instructional program were made for the present study. These were essentially the provision of a strategy to get the students started and a means of learning the subordinate skills needed for success in computer flow charting. This program produced a higher degree of learning and virtually eliminated the differences between college students of higher and lower mathematics aptitude. The learning program can be adapted to teaching computer flow charting to those who are now failing to meet Navy programming standards. There is a cost, however. It took the low mathematics students more than 50 per cent longer 13 compared to 8 hours to complete the learning program.
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