ERIC Number: ED105475
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
Reference Count: 0
Comprehension of a Narrative Passage by Fifth Grade Children as a Function of Listening Rate and Presentation Strategy; IMRID Papers, Volume V, No. 3.
Woodcock, Richard W.; Clark, Charlotte R.
This study investigated learning through listening at rates ranging from 178 to 378 words per minute. Three presentation strategies--a single presentation, a double presentation, and a double presentation with a one-week interval between the presentations--were compared. Immediate and one-week retention data were gathered on each subject. Ninety-eight fifth grade children of average intelligence comprised the sample. Results of the study indicated relatively small differences among the rates or presentation strategies used in this study with respect to effectiveness and efficiency of learning. Thus this study would not support the hypothesis that pupils who listen twice at high rates of speed would be exposed to a more efficient learning situation than would students who listen to the same material once at a slower rate of speed. Of the treatment combinations used in this study, listening once at 278 words per minute resulted in the highest performance when evaluated with respect to learning efficiency. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Child Health and Human Development (NIH), Bethesda, MD.
Authoring Institution: George Peabody Coll. for Teachers, Nashville, TN. Inst. on Mental Retardation and Intellectual Development.