Accession Number : ADA320712

Title :   The Use of Small Groups in Computer-Based Training: A Review with Implications for Distance Learning.

Descriptive Note : Interim rept. Jun-Aug 92,

Corporate Author : SOUTHWEST TEXAS STATE UNIV SAN MARCOS

Personal Author(s) : Stephenson, Stanley D.

PDF Url : ADA320712

Report Date : OCT 1992

Pagination or Media Count : 26

Abstract : The majority of studies investigating individual versus small group achievement within the computer-based training (CBT) framework have found no significant differences between the two experimental groups. Some studies produced significantly positive results, but no study produced significantly negative results. However, one would expect groups to outperform individuals. After reviewing the small group CBT literature, this paper suggests that in past studies, the behavior of the students in the small groups has not been appropriately structured. Based on related traditional instruction research, it appears that guiding students' behavior/discussions following CBT may increase achievement. A reciprocal peer-questioning model is proposed to provide this type of guidance. This model is briefly described and research is suggested. Implications of this model for distance learning are also provided.

Descriptors :   *TRAINING, *RANGE(DISTANCE), *COMPUTER AIDED INSTRUCTION, *LEARNING, *PEER GROUPS, STUDENTS, GUIDANCE, BEHAVIOR.

Subject Categories : Humanities and History
      Psychology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE