Profiles, Perceptions, and Practices Related to Customizable Computer-Aided Instruction among Postsecondary Aural Training Instructors

Sheila Clagg Cathey and Jay Dorfman

In this study, we examined demographic and educational characteristics of postsecondary aural training instructors and their practices using customizable computer-aided (or assisted) instruction (CAI). Although numerous valuable CAI applications exist, one application was selected for the purpose of manageability. Respondents were postsecondary instructors who use MacGAMUT (N = 278). We determined that years of experience in teaching aural skills, years of experience in using the selected software, gender, and the highest degree the respondents had obtained influenced their instructional uses of CAI. Conclusions focus on CAI as having positively impacting students’ learning of dictation, thus placing a greater responsibility on instructors to coordinate their uses of CAI thoughtfully with the curriculum.