ERIC Number: ED224537
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Dec-9
Reference Count: 0
A Comparison of the Effectiveness of Two Individualized Study Techniques: Audiocued and Reading.
McNeil, Don W.
In 1982, a study was conducted to compare the effectiveness of the two individualized learning techniques used in the library instruction unit taught at Leeward Community College's library. Specifically, the study sought to determine whether there was a significant difference in the library instruction unit post-test scores of those college freshmen who selected either a self-instructional pamphlet and workbook or an audiotape and workbook. Because only eight students used the audiocued instructional format for all four sections of the unit, while 111 students consistently used the reading instructional format, comparisons were made on the test scores of an unduplicated sample of students for each section of the unit. A t-test for independent samples was used to compare post-test scores. In addition, students' Nelson Denny reading test scores were analyzed to determine differences in the groups, and 17 students who had switched formats were surveyed for their reasons. The study revealed: (1) there was no statistically significant difference between the reading and audiocued groups on either their unit post-test scores or their Nelson Denny reading test scores; and (2) students tended to switch from the audiocued instruction to the reading format because they found the booklet more time-efficient to use or the tapes difficult to understand. The study report cites research comparing audiocued and reading instruction and includes the questionnaire. (AYC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: University of Hawaii Leeward Community College
Note: Graduate seminar paper, University of Hawaii.