ERIC Number: ED094732
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Individual Differences and Learner Control I: Program Development and Investigation of Control Over Mnemonics in Computer-Assisted Instruction. AFHRL-TR-74-3. Interim Report.
Judd, Wilson A.; And Others
The reported research was designed to investigate the impact of learner control on performance and anxiety in a computer-assisted instruction (CAI) task. The first phase entailed the development of a two-hour CAI program on the identification of edible plants. The second phase was experimentation to determine the effectiveness of learner control. Each of 162 undergraduate student subjects was placed in one of four groups: a control group who always used mnemonic devices, a control group who never used them, and two experimental groups who were given learner control over access to mnemonics, but differed in the extent of instruction on the use of that control. Responses to a state anxiety measure, learner control requests for mnemonics, and errors committed on segment and final tests were the dependent variables. Measures of individual differences were taken in the areas of task specific memory, locus of control, and achievement via independence. Providing mnemonic devices didn't have a facilitating effect, and thus, learner control, which depended on the devices, was not successful in reducing anxiety as predicted. (Author/WH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Texas Univ., Austin. Computer-Assisted Instruction Lab.; Air Force Human Resources Lab., Lowry AFB, CO. Technical Training Div.