ERIC Number: ED214706
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Feb-20
Reference Count: N/A
Time Factors in Learning. Research on School Effectiveness Project: Topic Summary Report.
Cotton, Kathleen; Savard, W. G.
The Alaska School Effectiveness Project produced several reports in a series of reviews of research literature on such topics as time factors in learning. Using an ERIC search and conventional library methods, the question raised was "Is there a positive relationship between the amount of allocated time for studying a subject and achievement in that subject?" Thirty-five valid studies were reviewed. Based on various findings, it was concluded that the greater the amount of engaged time, the higher the levels of student achievement. Of all measures of student learning time, the rate of academic learning time (ALT) constitutes the best predictor of achievement. It is therefore recommended that: (1) time allocations for different subjects should reflect the relative priorities given to the various subject areas; (2) efforts should be made to keep the amount of classroom "dead time" at a minimum; (3) additional instructional time allotments, preferably in an interactive mode, should be provided for low-ability, low-achieving students; (4) techniques should be applied which can increase the amount of time students spend on task; and (5) activities and methods which result in greater amounts of ALT should be utilized. The document includes item decision displays, a 48 item bibliography, and individual item reports on the citations. (BRR)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Alaska State Dept. of Education, Juneau. Office of Planning and Research.
Authoring Institution: Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR.