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Computer-Assisted Instruction

  • By: Janet Penner-Williams
  • In: Encyclopedia of Curriculum Studies
  • Edited by: Craig Kridel
  • Subject:Cultural Studies (general), Curriculum & Content (general), Curriculum Studies

Computer-assisted instruction curriculum may vary from drill on rote learning such as math facts to simulations of labs for high school advanced physics students. As technology has grown, computer-assisted instruction curriculum has become an important part of curriculum studies. The instruction via computer can be as varied and complex as the instructors that use computers to assist their instruction. In the 21st century, computer-assisted instruction is used in elementary and secondary school computer labs and in college distance education programs. Computers have made instruction in specialized areas available to all regardless of their geographic position. In fact, by 2008 the largest university-based PhD program in the United States was an online computer-assisted instruction program.

Computer-assisted instruction curriculum may be employed with a classroom of PreK–12 students ...

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