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ERIC Number: ED184619
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Jul-26
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
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The Effect of Repeated Testing on Long Term Retention and Generalization in a General Psychology Course.
Gosser, Jon; And Others
A study involving four sections of a general psychology course at Delta College (Michigan) was conducted to determine: (1) the effectiveness of repeated, cumulative testing on long-term retention of information; (2) its effect on students' ability to generalize information learned as measured by the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) general psychology test; and (3) students' attitudes toward the repeated testing procedure. Classroom tests that were administered during the course of the semester were constructed by computer from a pool of 7,000 test questions that were keyed to specific course objectives. The three sections (57 students) comprising the experimental group were tested in a cumulative fashion, and the control section (19 students) was given non-cumulative tests. To measure long-term retention at the end of the semester, both groups were given the CLEP test and a comprehensive final examination based upon the question pool. Questionnaires were used to assess students' attitudes. Study results showed that while the experimental groups performed significantly better on the final examination composed of questions from the 7,000 item population, there was no significant difference in the CLEP scores of the two groups. Survey responses indicated students' preference for the cumulative testing procedure. (JP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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