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ERIC Number: ED126435
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Pages: 218
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The Effects of Variations in the Uncertainty of Prequestions and Information Feedback on the Short and Long Term Retention of Prose Materials.
Patrick, Edward Marion
It was hypothesized that factual learning of prequestion groups could be improved if the factors of prequestion uncertainty, original response to text content, and postacquisition review of information recently stored in memory were incorporated into a prequestion situation. The 144 treatment subjects and 72 control subjects read 18 paragraphs of factual text varying in the type and positioning of questions; groups also varied in the length of time before retesting and before disclosure of results. In general, the hypothesis of the study was not supported. Uncertain prequestions did not lead to better results and pre- and postquestion groups did not benefit in different degrees from an immediate posttest. Weak support was found for the premise that delayed and incomplete knowledge of results would facilitate learning and retention. (Author/AA)
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Massachusetts