Motivating the Student in CAI Technical Courses.
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA LOS ANGELES BEHAVIORAL TECHNOLOGY LABS
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Student motivation is a central issue in Computer Aided Instruction CAI, since even the most sophisticated teaching programs will require directed and sustained effort at the learning task. Technical students, who have to master long and difficult courses, present special motivational problems. A review of the literature indicates that motivators for technical students can be classified under three main headings task-related or intrinsic factors, need-related or dynamic determinants, and external rewards. When viewed from a technical school framework, it appears that elements from each class of motivators are more or less manipulable and have not, so far, been fully exploited by CAI projects. Author
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