ERIC Number: ED185324
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Retention of Concepts Resulting from Learning by Experience. Preliminary Investigation of the Retention of Selected Reading and Mathematical Concepts Resulting from Students Enrolled in a Traditional Learning Environment and in a Learning-in-Work Environment.
Crowe, Michael R.; Harvey, R. J.
A study investigated the retention of mathematical and reading concepts of students enrolled in a learning-in-work environment (Experience-Based Career Education) and a traditional classroom learning environment on a measure of academic achievement using a twelve-month longitudinal design. The performance of twenty-seven students in each environment was evaluted using the Comprehensive Tests of Basic Skills, administered at the beginning and end of the junior year and at the beginning of the senior year. The learning interval was designated as the time between pre- and post-testing, and the retention interval as the time between post- and follow-up testing. The results indicated differences in both reading vs. math skills and in traditional vs. learning-in-work environments, with the greatest amount of fluctuation being in the math scores of the two groups. While the groups were equivalent at the beginning of the year, the students in the traditional environment increased their math performance by the end of the year, while the learning-in-work students' math scores decreased during the same time period. The groups subsequently reversed this direction of change over the summer, with the traditional students' math scores showing a decrease, while the learning-in-work students showed an increase in math scores. An interference/assimilation model is proposed to interpret the findings. (Author/MEK)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Career Education, Conventional Instruction, Experiential Learning, High School Students, High Schools, Longitudinal Studies, Mathematics, Reading Achievement, Retention (Psychology), Work Experience Programs
National Center Publications, The National Center for Research in Vocational Education, The Ohio State University, 1960 Kenny Road, Columbus, OH 43210 ($2.35)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. National Center for Research in Vocational Education.
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