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Title:An Evaluation of the Adoption of An Innovation: Cai With Plato in a Nursing Program
Author(s):Tymchyshyn, Patricia Rudeen
Department / Program:Education
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Education, Vocational
Abstract:Parkland College's Nursing Program was awarded a Health, Education, and Welfare Special Projects Grant to develop and implement PLATO lessons in a maternity nursing course. This study evaluated the effects of the innovation of the program, describing events occurring during the project years 1974-1977 and the factors influencing the spread of CAI prior to and following the grant period, 1968-1973 and 1977-1981, respectively. Case study methodology was used to describe events from various perspectives. Data were gathered about expectations as well as actual events through observations, questionnaires, interviews, and analysis of documents.
Results show that the spread of PLATO was dependent upon personal contact, advocacy, economic and administrative support, and technical expertise. Whereas, students found the use of CAI to be a useful and relevant addition to their instruction, administration and faculty resisted initially, but later accepted the innovation. Faculty had difficulty in changing their role from transmitter to facilitator of information. Students preferred learning on PLATO to reading texts, listening to lectures, and studying audiovisual aids. They felt it saved them time and helped them apply theory to clinical practice situations. There was no difference in achievement between those using PLATO and those receiving instruction through lecture/discussion. Nursing lessons explored tutorial, drill and practice, inquiry, gaming, and simulation strategies. Sized writing, colored slides, graphics, and animation varied content presentation, while branching, judging, and feedback provided information and promoted learner interest and interaction.
Issue Date:1982
Description:164 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1982.
Other Identifier(s):(UMI)AAI8303011
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-12-15
Date Deposited:1982

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