Computer-assisted instruction (CAI) has become one of the hottest issues on teaching in Taiwan for decades. Many teachers believe teaching on Engine Troubleshooting Practical Course by CAI is more effective and interesting. This study attempts to explore the most effective way to teach An Engine Troubleshooting Practical Course to Vocational senior high school students. Thus, the research hypothesis was: Teaching an Engine Troubleshooting Practical Course by computers was more effective than the traditional lecture instruction. A quasi-posttest design was adopted for the study.
The students were divided into two groups: tradition lecture instruction and CAI groups. Same topics were taught for both groups. Students in both groups took the pretest and posttest about learning achievement, which include a relative knowledge test and a skill test to investigate the student’s cognitive and skill abilities. The conclusions of this research were the following: while according to students’ knowledge, posttest performances and skill posttest results, students taught by CAI have performed better than those taught by traditional lecture instruction. Besides, in the proceeding sections, the skills gained in An Engine Troubleshooting Practical can not only build the student confidence, but also promote their ability in diagnosis.
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Advising Professor, Industrial Education & Technology, National Chang Hua University of Education, Taiwan, China
Candidate Doctor Student, Department of Industrial Education & Technology, National Chang Hua University of Education, Chiayi County, Taiwan, China
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