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ERIC Number: ED266395
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Aug-24
Pages: 14
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The Effects of an Educational Intervention on Answer Changing Behavior.
Slem, Charles M.
Although many students and teachers may believe otherwise, answer changing can be helpful in test taking. This study examined the effects of having a teacher lecture on answer changing as a beneficial test strategy. Participants (N=470) were college students randomly assigned to intervention or nonintervention treatments. In the intervention treatment, students heard a lecture on effective study techniques which included a discussion on the answer changing myth and detailed strategies under which answer changing was advisable. The non-intervention control group received no discussion of the answer changing myth. Two tests were reviewed for answer changes by observing erasures and crossouts. No significant differences were found between the two groups. A reason for this could be that although students believe it is not a good idea to change answers, they do so anyway. It is also possible that only an individualized intervention might have an effect. Since answer changing had less than a one percent net gain for students in this study, performance enhancing resources might be better spent in other ways. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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