ERIC Number: ED036711
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
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The Effects of Selected Programming-Analog Techniques and Voice-Contact on Completion Behavior in Correspondence Education.
Wilson, Robert Roy
This study tested the effect, on completion behavior in correspondence study, of substituting certain analog techniques for traditional correspondence procedures. Eight lessons of a psychology correspondence course were used. A pretest, posttest, personal questionnaire, and post course attitude questionnaire were administered. Experimental procedures and materials involved mailing lessons each week instead of all at once; providing immediate feedback by answer guides with each lesson; encouraging review through partially cued self-tests; providing voice contact between instructors and students through biweekly telephone conferences; and requiring participation in How to Study materials. Fifty adults, assigned to a control group (C) or one of two experimental groups (E-1 and E-2) were the subjects. E group lessons were graded but not returned; and only the E-2 group received telephone feedback. The major finding was that, in terms of numbers of students submitting Lesson One, their completion rate, time required for completion, and the number completing all lessons and the examinations, the performance of the E groups was significantly better than that of C subjects. (author/ly)
Descriptors: Analysis of Variance, Attitudes, Control Groups, Correspondence Study, Doctoral Dissertations, Experimental Groups, Feedback, Grades (Scholastic), Instructional Materials, Knowledge Level, Participation, Persistence, Research, Teaching Methods, Telecommunications
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Authoring Institution: Michigan Univ., Ann Arbor.
Note: Ph. D. Thesis