Assessing the effects of learning styles and attitudes toward computers on users' evaluation of three computer-assisted instruction modules in health education
Priya Banerjee, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, United States
Southern Illinois University at Carbondale . Awarded
This study examined the effects of individuals' learning styles and their attitudes toward computers on their evaluation of three Computer Assisted Instruction (CAI) modules. Three CAI modules or tutorials were created and copied on compact disks (CDs). The tutorials were designed to instruct users on how to access, download and graph vital statistics data from the U.S. Bureau of Census and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Participation in the study was invited from students, professionals and university faculty who were members of the Health Education Directory (HEDIR), an electronic discussion list. An Inventory of Learning Styles, a Computer Attitude Scale, a Tutorial Evaluation Scale, a demographic data sheet, along with a CD was mailed to the participants. A statistical analysis was performed to assess the extent of influence of the participants' learning styles and attitudes toward computers on their evaluation of the tutorials. It could be concluded from the analyses that although individuals' learning styles do not impact their evaluation of the tutorials, their attitudes toward computers do. Moreover, professional standing effected the evaluation of tutorials, but the number of years of computer use did not.
Banerjee, P. Assessing the effects of learning styles and attitudes toward computers on users' evaluation of three computer-assisted instruction modules in health education. Ph.D. thesis, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.
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