ERIC Number: ED103910
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Effects of Note-Taking and Review on Retention of Information Presented by Lecture.
Van Matre, Nicholas H.; Carter, John F.
The purpose of this study was to determine the effects of note taking and review on retention of information presented by lecture. One hundred seventy-two undergraduates enrolled in an introductory psychology course served as subjects for the experiment. All subjects listened to a lecture while engaging in study strategies consisting of combinations of note taking and review. Performance was measured immediately and/or one week later by free recall and by verbatim and paraphrase completion tests. Results showed that taking and reviewing notes yeilded maximum retention, while listening only, without review, resulted in poorest performance. The benefit of note taking appears to be derived from having a subsequent opportunity to review notes, and not from the act of note taking itself. Encoding differences as a function of note taking appear to be minimal, while the external storage function is of primary importance. (Author/TS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Note Taking
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Washington, D.C., March 30-April 4, 1975)