ERIC Number: ED095858
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
A Primitive Individualization of Time and Method in a Beginning Accounting Course.
Singer, Frank A.
An experimental first year course in accounting was offered which utilized the concept of individualized instruction. The students were mostly sophomores at the University of Massachusetts. Two teaching assistants and the instructor provided the 60 member sample population with two types of assignment sheets, one relating to the textbook, one relating to the teacher-authored programed materials. All students were advised to take self-quizzes at the end of programed lessons. A student who did not achieve mastery on the self-quiz was advised to study the alternative assignment material. Deadlines were utilized. A final examination and a treatment-interaction analysis evaluated the one semester experiment. The median score (78 percent) earned on the final exam was equal to the 85th percentile of the departmental examination. The treatment-interaction analysis, using grade point average as the independent variable, showed uniformly higher scores in the experimental group. The study dramatically confirmed the need for individualization of time to complete the course although the amount of flexibility needed to be increased by one or more orders of magnitude. (WCM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Massachusetts Univ., Amherst. School of Business Administration.