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ERIC Number: ED097661
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Sep
Pages: 6
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Strategy Development as a Function of the Amount of Relevant or Irrelevant Information.
Culross, Rita R.; Davis, J. Kent
The purpose of this experiment was to provide further information on how an individual's strategy and his performance are affected by increasing the amount of relevant or irrelevant information he receives. The subjects were sixty volunteers from an undergraduate course in educational psychology who were randomly assigned to one of six treatment groups. Each subject was told that he would be asked to solve several concept identification problems and to learn the concept in as few card choices as possible. Each subject solved 16 problems appropriate to his particular treatment group. Scores were obtained for focusing strategy, number of card choices to solution, and time to solution. It was concluded that since a subject's focusing strategy score is lowered by increasing the amount of information in a concept learning task, the learning of concepts in the classroom would be enhanced by presenting students with concepts which involve small amounts of information, making it possible for students to develop strategies appropriate for coping with such information. Also, since strategies appear to develop over time, students should be given an opportunity to solve several problems in order to perfect their strategy and performance at solving such problems. (WR)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (82nd, New Orleans, Aug. 30-September 3, 1974)