A Study on Learning Effectiveness of an Engine Troubleshooting Practical Course with Computer- Assisted Instruction (CAI) at The Vocational Senior High School

By Yoau-Chau Jeng and Jou Yu Lai.

Published by The Learner Collection

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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.

Keywords: Computer-Assisted Instruction (CAI), Traditional Lecture Instruction, An Engine Troubleshooting Practical Course

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 18, Issue 9, pp.135-148. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.348MB).

Prof. Yoau-Chau Jeng

Advising Professor, Industrial Education & Technology, National Chang Hua University of Education, Taiwan, China

Yoau-Chau Jeng is an advising professor at the National Chang Hua University of Education.

Jou Yu Lai

Candidate Doctor Student, Department of Industrial Education & Technology, National Chang Hua University of Education, Chiayi County, Taiwan, China

Jou Yu Lai is the head referee for the Republic of China Motorcycle Maintenance Skills Competition. He is now a lecturer at WuFeng University in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He is also a PH.D. student in the Dept. of Industrial Education & Technology at NCUE in Taiwan. His research interests include: human resource management, technical and vocational education, and training in vehicle maintenance and technical education.

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