ERIC Number: ED139658
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Attribute Isolation Versus Correct Answer Feedback Effects on Response Confidence, Latency, and Test Performance. BYU Instructional Science Report No. 52.
Coldeway, Nancy A.; Merrill, M. David
Twenty-nine college undergraduates completed practice problems to learn the concept "Trochaic meter", receiving either no feedback (NF), correct answer feedback (CA), or attribute isolation feedback (AI). Subjects recorded their confidence in their answers for both practice and test items, along with the amount of time they spent studying the practice feedback (in CA and AI conditions). On practice items, AI feedback produced greater confidence than NF. The subjects' confidence increased after the first six (out of eighteen) practice items. More time was spent on feedback following an incorrect response than a correct response, and this difference increased as confidence increased. For a correct answer, time decreased as confidence increased and overall, more time was spent on AI feedback than CA feedback. For an incorrect answer, this direction reversed for AI and CA feedback conditions from medium to high confidence. On the test, AI and CA feedback conditions had more correct answers and higher confidence than the control NF group. Implications for the design of instruction are discussed. (Author/DT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Brigham Young Univ., Provo, UT. Coll. of Education.
Note: Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York, New York, April 4-8, 1977)