ERIC Number: ED030303
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1949-Jun-30
Reference Count: 0
The Relative Effectiveness of Massed Versus Spaced Film Presentation. Rapid Mass Learning. Technical Report.
In presenting material to be learned in a film, is a single, long session, dealing with the subject in depth, as effective as the same content divided into several short sessions? In other words, is a long presentation more tiring than a short one? Groups of psychology students and Navy recruits were given equivalent amounts of instruction time, but according to different protocols--either massed presentation or spaced presentation. For each of the four film series used, the learning was very significant, but the difference between the massed and spaced presentations, as measured by total scores on the film tests, were no greater than could be accounted for by chance alone. Furthermore, the experimental subjects stated that one mode of presentation was not more effective in maintaining interest than the other. The conclusion drawn is that military training films, presently constituting a twenty-minute aid to lecturers, may be lengthened to an hour and become a more central form of instruction. (BB)
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Sponsor: Office of Naval Research, Port Washington, NY. Special Devices Center.
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park. Coll. of Education.