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ERIC Number: ED003282
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1964
Pages: 85
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PROGRAMMED MATERIALS IN HIGH SCHOOL CORRESPONDENCE COURSES.
SJOGREN, DOUGLAS D.
THE PURPOSE WAS TO DETERMINE IF MATERIALS CONSTRUCTED ACCORDING TO PROGRAMING PRINCIPLES WOULD BE RELATED TO ACHIEVEMENT, COMPLETION TIME, AND DROPOUT RATE IN CORRESPONDENCE STUDY. THREE METHODS WERE USED IN ADMINISTERING THE NINTH-GRADE LEVEL TEMAC ALGEBRA PROGRAM AND THE ENGLISH 2600 PROGRAM. SUPPLEMENTARY PROGRAMED MATERIALS WERE PREPARED AND TRIED OUT WITH SAMPLE EIGHTH- AND NINTH-GRADE STUDENTS. THE FIRST METHOD WAS A COURSE BUILT AROUND A COMMERCIAL PROGRAMED TEXT. THE SECOND WAS THE USE OF SHORT PROGRAMS TO SUPPLEMENT THE PRESENT COURSE MATERIALS. THE THIRD METHOD USED THE REGULAR CORRESPONDENCE MATERIALS USED AT THE UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA. THE SAMPLE POPULATIONS NUMBERED 186 STUDENTS FOR ALGEBRA AND 191 FOR ENGLISH. PRETESTS OF MENTAL ABILITY AND COURSE MATERIALS WERE GIVEN AT THE TIME OF REGISTRATION. THE SAMPLE POPULATION WAS COMPARED WITH A PREVIOUS NINTH-GRADE POPULATION FOR AGE, SEX, FATHER'S OCCUPATION, AND ADDRESS. THE ALGEBRA COURSE HAD 85 COMPLETIONS WITH 131 COMPLETING THE FIRST 4 UNITS OF ENGLISH IN THE ALLOTTED TIME. THE RESULTS SHOWED THAT (1) THERE WAS NO DIFFERENCE AMONG THE METHODS IN EITHER SUBJECT ON THE CRITERION TEST MEANS, (2) THE DROPOUT RATE OF STUDENTS WAS NOT SIGNIFICANTLY DIFFERENT AMONG THE METHODS IN EITHER OF THE SUBJECTS, (3) THE ALGEBRA STUDENTS WHO USED PROGRAMED MATERIALS PRIMARILY COMPLETED THE COURSE NEARLY 2 MONTHS EARLIER THAN THOSE USING THE OTHER TWO METHODS, (4) A SIGNIFICANT RELATIONSHIP WAS OBTAINED BETWEEN PRETEST SCORES AND CRITERION SCORES IN ALL GROUPS OF BOTH COURSES, (5) NO SIGNIFICANT RELATIONSHIPS WERE OBTAINED BETWEEN COMPLETION TIME AND HENMON-NELSON SCORES, (6) COMPLETERS IN BOTH SUBJECTS HAD SIGNIFICANTLY HIGHER HENMON-NELSON MEANS AND PRETEST MEANS THAN DID DROPOUTS, AND (7) GIRLS SHOWED A GREATER TENDENCY TO COMPLETE THAN BOYS. (HB)
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Authoring Institution: Nebraska Univ., Lincoln.
Identifiers: Henmon Nelson Tests of Mental Ability; Iowa Tests of Educational Development; NEBRASKA; SEATTLE ALGEBRA TEST; TEMAC ALGEBRA