ERIC Number: ED039222
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Aug
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Massed Versus Distributed Practice in Computerized Spelling Drills.
Fishman, Elizabeth Jane; And Others
Jounral of Educational Psychology, v59 n4 p290-96 Aug 1968
Computerized spelling drills were used to study conditions of massed and distributed practice with each of 29 fifth-grade subjects participating in both conditions. In the distributed practice, two sets of three words each were presented once every other day over a period of 6 days. The drill on six other sets of words was massed so that all practice for that set occurred on the same day. The probability of a correct response for words in the massed condition proved higher than that for the distributed condition during the learning sessions, but on retention tests (given 10 and 20 days later) the words learned under distributed practice were better remembered. Thus, massed repetitions appear to be better on short term performance, but more learning occurs in the long run when repetitions of an item are well distributed. (A mathematical model of the learning process is presented.) (Author/MF)
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Authoring Institution: American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.