Degree Name

Master of Science in Education (MSEd)

Semester of Degree Completion


Thesis Director

James J. Reynolds


The role of the instructor is, and always will be, a critical one. Until now, though, mediating a course to a self-paced, programmed learning environment frequently has neglected the fact that the instructor will have to alter teaching methods to a great extent in order to cope with the new situation. Further, without a thorough understanding of the role to be played out, the instructor could actually destroy even the best of courses.

This report studies the changeover of United States Air Force technical training course 3ABR25130 Weather Specialist from group-lock step to self-paced programmed learning. A background of both military technical training and the specific course are given as well as a thorough discussion of attitudes expressed by instructors through the use of a seventy-three item open-ended questionnaire.

The effort focuses on attitudes that curriculum designers and administrators must be cognizant of in order to design courses and materials that both student and instructors can live with.