ERIC Number: ED120781
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: 0
Group and Individual Study of Programmed Language Materials: A Pilot Study. No. 16.
Two study modes from the paradigm of research into group-study variables are considered in the present investigation. It was hypothesized that the achievement of subjects studying language materials with a high proportion of familiar matter (practice and revision programs) will be greater in a condition of group-study with interaction, and achievement of subjects studying language materials with a high proportion of unfamiliar matter (new learning) will be greater in a condition of individual study in isolation. Subjects were taken from a population of first-year university students following a course of self-instruction in English. In the grammatical structures and listening comprehension areas, group-study subjects showed significant superiority over the individual study subjects, confirming the first hypothesis. In the intonation area, individual study subjects did not show any superiority over group-study subjects, thus the second hypothesis was not confirmed. A limited attitude study gave some indication of more favorable attitudes towards instruction in the group-study subjects. An experimental design, linked to attitude study, is proposed for further investigation of the problem. (RB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Turku Univ. (Finland).
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