A comparison of paper-based, computer-based, and voice-mail study media in relationship to student achievement in information systems courses
Donald Edwin Fricker, Northern Illinois University, United States
Northern Illinois University . Awarded
The problem investigated in this study was the use of paper-based, computer-based, and voice-mail-based study media and their relationship to student achievement in information systems courses. Providing information on the usefulness of study media to schools, businesses, and textbook publishers to assist them in decision making was central to this study. This study may be useful to professionals interested in the larger framework of comparing study media and test performance. This research also examines the relationship between student achievement and a particular study medium when compared with number of questions studied, amount of study time used, age, income, gender, distance from campus, grade-point average, full-time employment, part-time student classification, previous computer skills, and access to a computer.
An experiment was conducted using a quasi-experimental posttest-only control group design. Statistical procedures were used to pretest the data to determine randomness of the groups. Two information systems courses were used to test each study medium. An introductory business course in information systems and an advanced course in which all students would have computer experience were used to test each study medium. This experiment was conducted at a public university. The majority of the students were part-time students who were employed full-time. The university does not have residential students. Quiz, midterm examination, and final examination grades were used as the measure of student performance to determine if there was a significant relationship between study medium and student achievement.
The hypothesis that there is a significant relationship between study medium and student achievement was not rejected.
Fricker, D.E. A comparison of paper-based, computer-based, and voice-mail study media in relationship to student achievement in information systems courses. Ph.D. thesis, Northern Illinois University.
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