Date of Award


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy



First Advisor

Dr. Howard Farris

Second Advisor

Dr. Jack Michael

Third Advisor

Dr. Kay Campbell

Fourth Advisor

Dr. Martha Warfield


Two different ways of presenting instructional material and reacting to students’ responses were compared. One, taking advantage of several features of multimedia instruction involved a desktop computer and various computer-presented consequences of correct and incorrect responses (largely chosen by the student). The other consisted in presenting the same instructional materials (the SRA primary curriculum) in a workbook form with tutors' comments and praise as the main form of response consequence. The two methods were compared with respect to various measures of student and system performance, including student accuracy (percent correct responses), types of errors, amount of correct response repetition (over-responding), rate of trial completion, percent of correct responses followed by a reward (reward accuracy), and others. The computer-managed system resulted in higher percent of correct responses, elimination of over-responding, and a considerable increase in reward accuracy.

Access Setting

Dissertation-Open Access