Title

The Computer in the ABE and GED Classroom: A Review of the Literature

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

12-1-1984

Abstract

Much has been said about the potential of computer-assisted instruction (CAI) in education and, more specifically, adult education. This article examines a number of data-based programs which have used CAI in a specific area of adult education, ABE and GED. Although two program failures are discussed, the findings of most of the studies range from "no significant differences" to CAI as being superior to "traditional only" methods. Potential problem areas are discussed under the headings cost factors, the hardware syndrome, and administrative and staff commitment. Potential benefits are discussed under the headings individualization, positive reinforcement, and instructional gains. Although CAI is not at all widespread in ABE and GED settings, the published research suggests that its use merits consideration by ABE and GED administrators.

Publication Title

Adult Education Quarterly

Volume

35

Issue

2

First Page

86

Last Page

95

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