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ERIC Number: ED126381
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Apr
Pages: 16
Abstractor: N/A
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The Effects of Mastery and Aptitude on Learning, Retention, and Time.
Jones, F. Geoffrey
This study used a self-instructional geography unit in 20 seventh-grade classes to assess the effects of a mastery learning procedure and aptitude upon learning, retention and time spent on studying the unit. It was found that differences between aptitude levels were increased rather than diminished when self-instructional materials were used. While self-instructional materials facilitate retention for students of high and middle aptitude, the mastery procedures did not facilitate learning and retention for low-aptitude students. Greater learning was achieved by the middle aptitude students under the mastery treatment. The lack of differences between the low aptitude mastery and non-mastery students is attributed to the lack of verbal facility that low aptitude students brought to instruction. Mastery students were found to use considerably more time in learning the material than did non-mastery students. The implications of these findings are discussed in relation to previous research and practical application. (SJL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: For related document, see ED 108 981