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ERIC Number: ED135369
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Influence of Visual Domain on Score Decline: Some Conjectures.
Randhawa, Bikkar S.
Rich visual stimuli provided by the television medium may affect youngsters' cognitive processes and strategies in academic performance. Previous studies have revealed that television viewing enhances their achievement test scores through grade four, but scores decline after grade four. This paper suggests that visuals used in instructional context are not comparable in quality to those presented in television. In addition, curriculum beyond grade four level emphasized verbal content, and some youngsters find it difficult to shift the cognitive process from random scan in the visual mode to sequential and linear scan in the verbal mode. Inadequate reading ability and comprehension of verbal materials further affect performance in other academic areas. It is suggested that systematic training may solve this difficulty; however, empirical research evidence is needed in order to determine the various factors accounting for the score decline. (SC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Iowa Univ., Iowa City. Coll. of Education.
Note: This report is in response to invited comments for the CEEB/ETS Panel on Score Decline