Individual and Dyad-Assisted Instruction
Community and Global Health (CGU)
A study was designed to gather preliminary information concerning the effectiveness of small-group (dyad) computer-assisted instruction. Children in Grades 3 to 6 completed 10 lessons designed to teach students the critical elements involved in solving mathematical word problems, i.e., identifying key words, writing equations, and selecting the appropriate mathematical operation. Four instructional conditions were evaluated: (1) one child using a microcomputer, (2) two children (dyad) using one microcomputer, (3) one child using one workbook, and (4) two children (dyad) using one workbook. Children in the microcomputer-dyad condition developed more positive attitudes towards computer-instruction than students working individually. No significant differences in achievement scores were found between children given computer-assisted instruction and those given workbooks.
© 1988 Psychological Reports
Perkins, D., Donaldson, S., & Zimmerman, J. (1988). Individual and dyad computer-assisted instruction. Psychological Reports, 62 (2), 407-413.