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ERIC Number: ED064383
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Apr
Pages: 8
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Implications of a New Technique for Measuring the Understanding Gained from Reading for Non-Residential Programs.
Carver, Ronald P.
Recent theoretical developments have suggested that understanding the thoughts contained in prose material and storing the information contained in prose material are the same thing. A test which was purported to measure the information stored during the reading of prose passages was found to correlate .98 with subjective estimates of the percent of thoughts understood while reading the prose materials. Another technique has been developed which automatically produces tests of information stored on any prose material. This measurement technique is being manually implemented now. In the future, a carrel could be located in one's home or work, thus eliminating the need to physically travel to another location to learn and to receive credit for having learned. The point is made that individualized learning and individualized credit for learning will probably become more important as time goes on. In relation to this development is the need for the selection and procurement of appropriate instructional objects, such as textbooks, films, workbooks, and tapes. An answer to this need would be the establishment of learning clinics. A person in need of knowledge in a particular area would go to a learning clinic and receive help in collecting information. For this service, he would pay a fee. The advantage of this system of learning is that it could easily supplement any existing or future non-residential system. (Author/CK)
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Note: Paper presented at the meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, Ill., April 1972)