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ERIC Number: ED083586
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973
Pages: 71
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Sensory Stimulation as a Precondition for the Learning of a Language Task by Fourth and Sixth Grade Children.
March, Lester William
This study was designed to explore learning behavior of children following four specific preconditioning experiences: sensory deprivation, sensory bombardment, routine worksheet exercises, and a sensory awareness game. The study occurred in three parts: preconditioning of the subjects, teaching of a language skill, and performance of a task relating to that skill. Forty children from grades four and six were randomly assigned to one of the four treatment groups, regardless of grade level or sex. Data analysis compared the effect of various preconditioning experiences on task completion, the ability of fourth and sixth grade subjects to complete the task, and the ability to complete the task after first and second trial experiences of the four individual groups and of the total research population. Results suggested that the "poorest" preconditioning for learning would be that devoid of sensory stimulation, and the "best" preconditioning for learning would be that involving the subjects in the interpretation of the stimuli. The total research population demonstrated increased ability to make correct responses after the second trial, although increases were not statistically significant. Sixth grade subjects demonstrated a significantly greater ability to make correct responses in the total situation than did the fourth grade subjects. (Author/LL)
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Note: Ed.D. Dissertation, University of Southern California