ERIC Number: ED061539
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
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The Direction of the Effect of Questions in Prose Materials.
McGaw, Barry; Grotelueschen, Arden
The direction of the facilitative effect of questions inserted at intervals in prose material is examined in terms of: 1) the testual distance of the questions from the material to which it refers; and 2) the relationship between the information tested by the inserted questions and that tested by the criterion test items. Results with 140 undergraduate teacher education students show: 1) that the initial effect of inserted questions may be forward, i.e., shaping appropriate test inspection behavior; 2) that superior performance on pages immediately following questions suggests a forward effect mediated through increased attentiveness; and 3) that under certain conditions a backward effect is suggested-a facilitative review effect in which the facilitation results from a memory search initiated by the inserted questions. (Author/TL)
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Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana. Center for Instructional Research and Curriculum Evaluation.