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First Advisor

Crank, Floyd L.

Degree Name

M.S. Ed. (Master of Education)

Legacy Department

Department of Business Education


Business education--Illinois


There is very little known about the use of programed instruction by business education teachers at the secondary level in the state of Illinois. The purpose of this study was to learn to what extent programed instruction is being used and to obtain information about the programs that are being used to teach business courses in high schools in Illinois. A two-page questionnaire was sent to the business department heads in 651 public secondary schools in Illinois (excluding Chicago). Of this number, 475 business department heads completed and returned the questionnaire. Sixty-eight respondents indicated they were presently using programed learning as an instructional method in teaching business courses, and 407 respondents indicated they were not presently using programed instruction. The 407 respondents who indicated that programed instruction was not presently being used were asked if it had been used in the past. Nine respondents indicated programed instruction had been used in the past and 398 indicated it had never been used. The 398 respondents, who indicated programed instruction had never been used as an instructional method in teaching business courses were asked to indicate the reasons for not using programed instruction. The 68 respondents, who indicated that programed instruction was presently being used, were asked for information concerning the programed material and how it was used. The information included! subjects being taught; name and publisher of program; type of program; portion of course taught with the use of programed instructional materials; classroom use of programed materials; grading in courses taught by programed instruction; testing in courses taught by programed instruction; and additional programs for students. The study revealed that some interest was evident in programed instruction for teaching business courses in the state of Illinois. Among the schools that were not presently using programed instruction, the two most popular reasons for nonuse were lack of information about programed instruction and lack of funds to purchase programed materials. Programed instructional materials were being used mainly as a supplement to other teaching materials and it was utilized in teaching less than one-fourth of the business course.


Includes bibliographical references (pages [39]-42)


42, [17] pages




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