Computer-Based Instruction: Which Form Is More Effective?

Gregory V. Horak, Olivet Nazarene University

Ed.D. dissertation completed in 2013 for Olivet Nazarene University.


This study focused on computer-based instruction in a high school. The school was a suburban high school of low to middle class means. The computer-based instruction was used in two different methods, credit retrieval and enrichment and compared to traditional instruction. The hypotheses were rejected based on curriculum based measures that were used to determine student growth over the time students used computer-based instruction. Two of the three groups showed significant growth, unfortunately there is hardly any evidence to suggest that it was due to computer-based instruction. Students in the control group showed significant statistical growth with traditional instruction. Test Group Two showed significant statistical growth, however they did not use the computer in the prescribed method. Test Group One showed very little growth, not enough to be considered statistically significant.