ERIC Number: ED198293
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: N/A
Learning and Retention of Basic Skills through Work: Preliminary Investigation of the Learning and Retention of Selected Reading and Mathematical Concepts Resulting from Student Enrollment in a Traditional Learning Environment and in a Learning-in-Work Environment. Summary and Discussion.
Crowe, Michael R.; Harvey, R. J.
A study examined the retention of mathematical and reading comprehension skills for students enrolled in a learning-in-work environment (experience-based career education) and a traditional classroom learning environment. Academic achievement was measured using a twelve-month longitudinal design. Student performance in each environment was evaluated on the Comprehensive Test of Basic Skills administered at beginning and end of the junior year and beginning of the senior year. The learning interval was designated as the time between pre- and post-testing, and the retention interval as the time between post- and follow-up testing. The results indicated (1) differences in two areas--in reading skills versus math skills and in traditional learning environments versus learning-in-work environments; (2) math congnitive concepts causally related but not in the hierarchical order predicted by Bloom's taxonomy; (3) different causal processes in the acquisition of math concepts, depending upon placement in one of the two learning environments; (4) significant relationships between students' cognitive style and their math performance; and (5) moderate relationships between students' perceptions of complexity of learning environment and their math performance. An interference/assimilation model was proposed to interpret findings. (Technical information and appendixes are available as CE 027 943.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. National Center for Research in Vocational Education.