ERIC Number: ED062642
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Generalizability of Aptitude-Treatment Interactions Across Subject Matter.
Berlinger, David C.
This study examined the interactive relations among note-taking (NT), adjunct questions (AQ), and paying attention (PA) by students in lecture situations. The subject pool consisted of 154 students enrolled in basic psychology at the University of Massachusetts. Three aptitude tests were administered to all subjects. These tests measured (1) short term memory, (2) memory for ideas, and (3) memory for sentences. The results were presented in respect to each of the three variables mentioned above. The prevalent pattern was for the memory aptitude to be only slightly positive or negatively correlated with achievement on the criterion test when AQ was the treatment. It was also demonstrated that at the high levels of memory aptitude NT is a very effective instructional strategy for the learner. In addition, this study showed an interaction between the NT and PA treatments. The basic conclusion was that incorporating the aptitudes a subject brings to an instructional situation into a regressive analysis, provides information such that subjects may be assigned to different treatments, each with the greatest potential for individuals with similar aptitude scores. (TL)
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Authoring Institution: Far West Lab. for Educational Research and Development, Berkeley, CA.
Note: Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Chicago, Illinois, April 3-7, 1972