A comparison Between Using Virtual Classroom Technology and Individualized Learning Via Computer as to Their Effect on Both students' Learning English Acquired by The Third Preparatory Grade in The Sultanate of Oman and Attitude Toward Such Use

Mohammed D. Al-Majali, Naji M. Qbailat

Abstract


The aim of study was to investigate the effectiveness of Virtual Classroom Technology in developing the Third Preparatory grades' achievement of the English Language skills in the Sultanate of Oman, compared to Individualized learning via computer and to investigate the students' attitude toward the use of both approaches. The population of the study consisted of all the Third Preparatory students registered in the records of Alburaimi directorate of education for the scholastic year 2003-2004 (704 students). The sample consisted of (60) students whom were randomly chosen from Alfarooq (Preparatory / Elementary) school.
The sample was randomly divided into two experimental groups. The first group learned through Virtual Classroom Technology, while the other group learned via computer on an individualized learning basis.
The results of the study showed the effectiveness of both approaches in improving the students’ achievement levels, though, the study showed more positive results of the Virtual Classroom Technology. The study also indicated that students preferred Virtual Classroom Technology more than Individualized Learning via Computer. The study recommended using the Virtual Classroom Technology in learning English Language skills.

Keywords


Virtual Classroom, Individualized Learning, Computer, The English Language

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