Computer-based learning for on-line data base search

van Beek, J., Been, P. & Hurts, K., 1989, In : Computers & Education. 13, 4, p. 327-336 10 p.

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  • J van Beek
  • P Been
  • K Hurts
An experiment is described that aimed at investigating the effectiveness of a computer-based training program for use in an automated system for retrieving legal information. Independent variables were computer-based vs traditional (textbook) instruction, computer-based vs traditional (paper-and-pencil) practice tasks and easy vs difficult test cases. These variables were combined to yield an experimental design consisting of three between-subjects variables. Fifty-one students were assigned to one of the eight conditions. Dependent variables were search performance (ability to retrieve relevant documents) and command language mastery level, both variables measured by various indicators in a test session in which subjects were presented two legal cases to solve. Results show that the computer-based instruction program had a clear and positive effect on one indicator of search performance (recall) and two indicators of command language mastery level (efficiency and speed), as was expected. The effects of the computer-based practice session and case difficulty were less convincing. These results are discussed in relation to learning effects, the relevant literature and their implications for future research
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)327-336
Number of pages10
JournalComputers & Education
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1989

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