Accession Number : AD0657190

Title :   QUANTITATIVE METHODS IN COMPUTER-DIRECTED TEACHING SYSTEMS.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : STANFORD UNIV CALIF INST IN ENGINEERING-ECONOMIC SYSTEMS

Personal Author(s) : Smallwood,Richard D. ; Weinstein,Iram J. ; Eckles,James E.

Report Date : 15 MAR 1967

Pagination or Media Count : 171

Abstract : The report formulates in quantitative terms the decision problem associated with the design of a computer-directed teaching system. This formulation is then used to direct a theoretical inquiry into some of the aspects of this problem that are relevant to the design of a quantitative decision process within a practical teaching system. Some of the problems attacked include: the development of a class of models for conceptual learning, the study of a decision theoretic procedure for the selection of the model from a class of models, the investigation of optimum teaching strategies (in an economic sense) for a simple learning model, the derivation of the optimum quantization of a past history parameter for a simple teaching system, a consideration of the information-reward trade off in computer-directed teaching systems, and a preliminary formulation of the optimum design problem for a time-shared teaching system. The report concludes with a discussion of directions for future research. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*EDUCATION, SYSTEMS ENGINEERING), (*TEACHING METHODS, SYSTEMS ENGINEERING), PROGRAMMED INSTRUCTION, MATHEMATICAL MODELS, LEARNING, DECISION MAKING, DYNAMIC PROGRAMMING, DECISION THEORY, OPTIMIZATION, TIME SHARING, COMPUTERS, OPERATIONS RESEARCH

Subject Categories : Humanities and History
      Operations Research

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE