Control of feedback in computer-assisted instruction

  • Doris R. Pridemore
  • James D. Klein


Although considerable research has been conducted on both learner control and feedback, very little research has addressed the effect of giving learners control over the feedback that they receive. The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of learner control over feedback in a CAI lesson. Subjects used one of four CAI programs which provided either program control or learner control over verification or elaboration feedback. Results indicated that subjects who received elaboration feedback during instruction performed better than students who received verification feedback. Type of control did not have a significant influence on performance. However, when subjects selected feedback for items answered incorrectly during instruction, subjects under learner control/elaboration performed better on the posttest than subjects under learner control/verification. Implications for the design of CAI are discussed.


Significant Influence Program Control Educational Technology Considerable Research Learner Control 
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© the Association for Educational Communications and Technology 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Doris R. Pridemore
    • 1
  • James D. Klein
    • 1
  1. 1.the Department of Learning and Instructional TechnologyArizona State UniversityUSA

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