Accession Number : ADP000910

Title :   Evaluating Individualized and Group Instruction Programs for Technical Associative Structure,

Corporate Author : MINNESOTA RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER FOR VOCATIONAL EDUCATION MINNEAPOLIS

Personal Author(s) : Smith,Brandon B.

Report Date : 25 MAR 1983

Pagination or Media Count : 6

Abstract : The purpose of this presentation is to evaluate two individualized and group instruction tool and die programs in terms of the technical structure of associative knowledge and performance of experienced tool and die workers as compared with technical student of knowledge high and low ability students enrolled in two Minnesota Post-Secondary Vocational Tool and Die programs. It was reasoned that because individualized and/or computer assisted instruction programs are for the most part predicted on behaviorist principles (e.g., one single instructional frame presentation (a) reinforcement (b) feedback of results and (c) sequential accumulation of knowledge), from simple to complex. It is hypothesized that the learner may have difficulty integrating or assimilating this knowledge into a more global structure of technical knowledge. On the other hand, group instruction provides learners with the opportunity to discuss knowledges and skills with the instructor and peers and thus may have evolved a more integrating conceptual structure of knowledge leading to improved task performance. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Military training, Military personnel, Research management, Teaching methods, Individualized training, Computer aided instruction, Methodology, Systems analysis, Attrition, Personnel retention, Learning, Skills, Performance(Human), Test methods, Reliability, Correlation techniques, Motivation, Mental ability, Job training

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE