ERIC Number: ED130620
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1963-Jul
Reference Count: 0
The Application of a By-Pass Technique to Programmed Instruction for Managerial Training.
Shettel, Harris H.; And Others
The feasibility of using programed instruction materials for a session of a Management Training Conference conducted for first-level supervisory personnel of the Westinghouse Electric Corporation was studied. A programing format utilizing a series of gated segments, each preceded by a test item, was designed to accommodate the variability among trainees in prior knowledge of the topic. The materials were administered to a group of 40 supervisors at a conference. A control group participated in the traditional lecture-discussion session led by an experienced instructor. Pre- and posttests were administered to both groups. While the lecture-discussion method was effective, the programed method was significantly better. The mean time required to complete the programed course was four hours and twenty minutes, compared to one and one-half hours required by the lecture. A retention test, administered four months later, showed no significant advantage for either group. The gating format of the materials proved effective in accommodating individual differences. (KB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Westinghouse Electric Corp., Pittsburgh, PA.
Authoring Institution: American Institutes for Research in the Behavioral Sciences, Pittsburgh, PA.
Note: Archival document