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ERIC Number: ED120956
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Apr
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Student Control and Choice: Some Theoretical Assumptions and Cautions Based Upon Research.
Blackwell, Laird R.; And Others
This paper analyzes some of the educational assumptions that underlie the use of free-choice situations in the classroom and describes a study that examined the effects of giving students control over their curriculum. Subjects for the study were 38 fourth- and fifth-grade-students in a low-income school. Students were divided into two groups that were matched according to the students' age, sex, and initial achievement level in math. Students in the free-choice group were allowed to select problems at whatever level of difficulty they wanted; students in the yoked control group were given problems of preselected difficulty. Results of the study indicate that allowing students to choose their own curriculum might have more positive effects on attentional and affective levels than on academic performance. (Author/JG)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, California, April 19-23, 1976)