ERIC Number: ED039782
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-May
Reference Count: 0
Effects of Unit Size and Content Upon Programmed Instruction and Prediction of Learner Success. Final Report.
Flynn, John M.
To study the effect of variations in amount of material between response frames in programed instruction on the learner's performance on several criterion tasks, four programs in different subject areas were prepared. Each had four versions differing only in frequency of response frames. The resultant 16 programs were presented to 180 tenth grade students who were randomly assigned to four treatment groups, each of which worked through four programs representing all four subject areas and all four versions. Criterion measures were four-week delayed achievement tests in each subject, completion time records, error score records, and attitude scales. Significant differences were found among the treatment groups on completion time only; mental ability and reading scores were found to be strong predictors of success. The results of the study suggest that curriculum material developers should consider abandonment of high response frequency programed instruction and seek a better approximation to the laboratory operant model. (Author/SP)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Nova Univ., Fort Lauderdale, FL.