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ERIC Number: ED179859
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Sep
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Effects of Study and Testing on Student Retention.
Halpin, Gerald; And Others
The effect of testing on student retention was investigated to determine if it was the actual test taking, the prior preparation for the test, or the combination of studying for and taking the test which actually affected retention. Subjects were undergraduate students (N=90) who were divided into two different study conditions, i.e., test and no-test. The test condition consisted of two different kinds of test, multiple-choice and short-answer, each containing two different levels of item complexity, knowledge and concept. Results indicated that: (1) subjects in the study condition test group scored higher on retention than subjects in the study condition no-test group; (2) study condition test subjects who took either the multiple-choice or short-answer test scored higher than subjects who took no test; (3) means for the multiple-choice test and short-answer test groups did not significantly differ; and (4) the short-answer test treatment group failed to differ from the no-test treatment group. (Author/HLM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (87th, New York, NY, September 1-5, 1979)