ERIC Number: ED021749
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1967
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A Study of Varying Modes of Topical Presentation in Elementary College Biology to Determine the Effect of Advance Organizers in Knowledge Acquisition and Retention.
Kuhn, David John
Determined was the effect of advanced organizers, as defined by Ausubel (1963), on the acquisition and retention of meaningful verbal material by elementary education majors at Purdue University. Two approaches were utilized. In one, the experimental group was exposed to an 800-word organizer on two occasions prior to the study of the learning passage. In the second approach, the experimental group was exposed to a brief 250-word organizer which was coupled with a careful sequencing of the material to be learned. Concluded were that (1) the acquisition and retention of meaningful material appears to be enhanced by the selective use of the organizer technique, (2) the careful sequencing of learning material coupled with the functional use of the organizer may have a positive effect on the acquisition and retention of meaningful information, (3) the ability of the individual to acquire and retain information is highly related to his analytic ability, and (4) information processing is probably related to both information store and the analytic ability of the individual. (DS)
Descriptors: Biological Sciences, Cognitive Development, Cognitive Processes, College Science, Doctoral Dissertations, Females, Instruction, Learning, Teaching Methods
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Authoring Institution: Purdue Univ., Lafayette, IN.