ERIC Number: ED042678
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1969-Feb-6
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The Relationship Between Student Interest and Student Learning with New Curricular Materials.
Grahlfs, F. Lincoln
"How interesting did you find the material in the unit which you just completed?" This and other questions were asked in a student questionnaire during the field testing and evaluation of twelve short units, "Episodes in Social Inquiry Series", developed by the Sociological Resources for the Social Studies Project. By assigning values to these responses, it was possible to generate an index of student interest. Other data sources for this evaluation were a thirty-five item multiple-choice test on a unit completed, and a verbal ability test to measure student ability. Since tests had not been standardized, it was necessary to consider each episode separately. To control student ability, the classes were divided into four ability groupings. Each ability group studying each episode (48 cases) was ranked by the class mean on the multiple-choice test and by the index of student interest in that episode. Only about a third of the cases illustrated a marked positive correlation between interest and performance, because as ability level decreased the correlation between interest and performance also decreased. The effect of the teacher background and preparation variable is reported in ED 035 583. Another related document is SO 000 245. (SBE)
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Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: American Educational Research Association, Washington, DC.