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ERIC Number: ED055442
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
Pages: 85
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Reference Count: 0
A Study of the Effects of Student Control of Audio Tape Learning Experiences (Via the Control Functions Incorporated in the Instructional Device).
Senour, Robert A.
If students have control over learning devices such as tape recorders, do they learn more? That was the question which this experiment tried to answer using three different situations. In situation A, the subject had no control over the tape playback once the lesson had been started. In situation B, the subject could stop the lesson to take notes or to do something else. In situation C, the subject could stop or replay the lesson any time he chose. Each subject listened to two tapes and then took achievement tests on the material. Results showed that students who could control their tape recorders learned more. A significantly positive correlation between learning achievement and the number of times the learner used the controls was found. Also, the addition of individual controls for pacing the instruction significantly aided learning. Most of the subjects preferred the situations where controls were available and disliked the absence of controls. A large majority of the students said they plan to seek audiotape learning situations in the future. The study raises the issue of the optimum format for presenting audiotape information. (Author/JK)
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Authoring Institution: California State Coll., San Bernadino.