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ERIC Number: ED124089
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976-May
Pages: 19
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Attendance at Lectures and Films in Self-Paced Courses.
Edwards, K. Anthony
Attendance at guest lectures, instructor lectures, and films in self-paced introductory psychology courses was examined in two experiments with 180 students in an introductory psychology class at Utah State University. In the first experiment, students were given no points, one point credit toward interviews, or one point credit toward the final examination for attendance. In the second experiment, students were given 0, 1, 3, or 5 points credit toward the final examination for attendance. Sixteen events were randomly scheduled in each study. Results showed that attendance was highest in the first experiment when points were applied to the final examination. Attendance in the second experiment was highest when point magnitude was 3 or 5 points compared with 0 or 1 point magnitudes. A continuing reduction in attendance was seen as a function of the number of events regardless of the event class or the point magnitude. Concluded was that carefully selected point contingencies may be used to attract students to lectures and films in self-paced courses, but points gradually lose effectiveness in specific events after repeated exposure. (Author/JT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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