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ERIC Number: ED039240
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Mar
Pages: 13
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Sensory Response Patterns of Academically Successful and Unsuccessful Ninth-grade Students of English.
LaRocque, Geraldine E.
Testing Marshall McLuhan's thesis that the educational system favors the visually oriented student and militates against the audile-tactile youngster, this pilot study attempted to discover whether or not academically successful ninth-grade English students have a different sensory response pattern than unsuccessful ninth-grade English students. Subjects were 50 students from a New York City suburban junior high school, 32 of whom were classified as successful, 18 as unsuccessful. The results of four Sensory Quotient Tests--visual, passive tactile, auditory, and active tactile--were (1) that the successful English students performed significantly better on the visual test, (2) that the unsuccessful students scored higher only on the auditory test, although the difference was not statistically significant, and (3) that the total score of the four tests of the successful students was significantly different from the total score of the unsuccessful students. Also notable was the tendency of both groups to excel in the two tactile modes rather than the visual or auditory, giving some support to McLuhan's thesis that we are moving from a visual, linear culture toward a multi-media one. (Author/MF)
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Note: Unpublished paper