ERIC Number: ED119764
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
The Relationship Between Learning and Enjoyment: A Study of Student Perceptions of Teaching Techniques.
Bers, Trudy H.
In order to determine the relationship between learning and enjoyment, the 99 students enrolled in any of the five basic American Government classes at Oakton Community College during the fall and spring semesters of 1974 were surveyed before and after the course. The pre-test asked for demographic information and data on how each liked to learn and how each believed he/she learned best. The post-test asked for evaluations of the specific learning techniques used during the semester. Results indicated that (1) although only 2 percent indicated on the pre-test that they learned from and enjoyed lectures, lectures were ranked on the post-test as the most effective way of learning (lectures still ranked only third on the list of methods enjoyed, however); (2) although 50 percent indicated on the pre-test that small group discussions were the most enjoyable and efficacious way to learn, such discussions ranked last on the post-test both in terms of material learned and enjoyment; (3) although only 25 percent had assessed medium sized lecture-discussions as the most enjoyable and efficacious, on the post-test these ranked second in terms of learning and first in terms of enjoyment. The conclusion is that early student perceptions of learning and enjoyment may not effectively foretell how successful a particular teaching technique will be. (DC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Oakton Community Coll., Morton Grove, IL.