Research Papers in Physics and Astronomy


Date of this Version

April 1973


Published in THE PHYSICS TEACHER April 1973. Copyright 1973. Used by permission.


It was made apparent from the presentations at the Conference of Computers in Undergraduate Science Education that very few Computer-Assisted Instructional (CAI) programs in physics attempt to evaluate the performance of computer- tutored students in comparison with a control group. In this note, we discuss an experiment in which 23 beginning physics students out of a class of 64 were given a computer-administered tutoring test in place of the regular review recitation session prior to an hour exam on relativity. The performance of the computer-tutored group on the exam was compared to the performance of the rest of the class.

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