Accession Number : ADA138363

Title :   Computer Assisted Instruction System Effectiveness on Troubleshooting Training.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. Sep 82-Oct 83,


Personal Author(s) : Waldrop,G P ; White,V T ; McDonald,L B

PDF Url : ADA138363

Report Date : Dec 1983

Pagination or Media Count : 52

Abstract : The purpose of this study was to determine the performance effects of strategic troubleshooting computer assisted instruction (CAI) on troubleshooting behavior during performance tests on printed circuit boards. The study addressed whether or not supplementing the regular troubleshooting training curriculum with a CAI course would improve subsequent student performance over students who did not receive the additional instruction. Subjects in the research were 54 Navy recruits in Electronic Technician training at the Basic Electricity and Electronics school at Orlando Naval Training Center. Students were classified as high, medium or low proficiency based on completion time of the previous self-paced course modules. A two-way analysis of variance design was used for the independent variables of treatment condition (troubleshooting CAI versus control CAI versus control) and three student proficiency levels. The control CAI group received a BASIC programming course similar in length and presentation to the troubleshooting CAI to account for any Hawthorne effects resulting from the CAI treatment. The results indicated that the troubleshooting CAI did not significantly improve performance; and, on a complex troubleshooting task, the control group performed significantly (p .05) better than the troubleshooting CAI group.

Descriptors :   *Maintenance personnel, *Job training, *Computer aided instruction, Transfer of training, Naval personnel, Electronic technicians, Students, Education, Performance(Human), Skills, Proficiency, Teaching methods

Subject Categories : Humanities and History

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE