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Date of Award


Document Type

Dissertation - Pacific Access Restricted

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)



First Advisor

Thomas Cy Coleman

First Committee Member

Robert R. Hopkins

Second Committee Member

Walter A. Payne

Third Committee Member

W. Preston Gleason

Fourth Committee Member

James Keene


The use of computer technology in the field of education as an instructional component appears to progress :tn a limited fashion. The effectiveness of this new field of knowledge, not widely accepted or understood, needed to be studied in a pragmatic structure. This investigation of four middle school computer assisted mathematics laboratories studied the problem, "Is Computer Assisted Instruction (CAI), an alternative instructional medium, an effective method for the instruction of mathematics to first and second quartile middle school students" and "is it feasible to establish Computer Assisted Instruction laboratories in a public school district using incumbent teaching staff, physical facilities, and curriculum?"

The purpose of this study was to determine the effectiveness of Computer Assisted Instruction as an alternative instructional medium in the middle school setting, using the drill and practice format as an instructional strategy. A secondary purpose was to investigate the modification needed in management of instruction, curriculum and staff for its implementation and the feasibility of CAl implementation in a school district.



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