ERIC Number: ED062789
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Apr-18
Reference Count: 0
Effects of "Time-to-Task" Data on Performance in a College Media Course.
Colton, Frank V.
Within the framework of individualized instruction, a study explored: 1) the effects on performance when students either know or do not know how much time it has taken others to complete the same task, and 2) the importance of the concept of "peer tutor." Students enrolled in two sections of a class in utilization of educational media participated as subjects in the study; they were randomly assigned to either a group which received average "time-to-task" information for each task or a group which did not receive such information. The total amount of time taken by each group to complete each task of a component, and the grades received by each group were computed and the resultant means compared. Profile scores for each student were compiled, and students also indicated the names of two peers in the class who had been most helpful in achieving objectives. Results did not support the hypothesis that giving students time-to-task data would help their performance. However, the study showed a high positive correlation between a student's performance and his success in the eyes of other students as a peer tutor. (SH)
Publication Type: N/A
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Authoring Institution: Kentucky Univ., Lexington.
Note: Paper presented at the Association for Educational Communication and Technology Annual Meeting (Minneapolis, Minnesota, April 16-20, 1972)