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ERIC Number: ED360477
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Jul
Pages: 19
Abstractor: N/A
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An Investigation into Students' Disposition to the Use of Objectives in Distance Learning Materials.
Walkington, Jacqueline; And Others
A study examined the attitudes of distance education students in Queensland, Australia, toward the use of objectives underpinned by behaviorist theory in distance education programs. A 35-item questionnaire was mailed to all 600 of the University of Southern Queensland's distance education students. Usable surveys were returned from 287 students. About half the students stated that they refer to objectives at the beginning of each of their study sessions, and 61.9 percent claimed to read objectives when it is time to consider assessment items. Most students disagreed with the statement that objectives enhance their ability to learn to their full potential; however, 62.9 percent felt that objectives help measure their understanding of material studied. Most students (82.9 percent) felt that objectives are necessary in instructional materials, and 60.7 percent preferred having objectives distributed at the beginning, middle, and end of study materials instead of just at the beginning (which is the current practice). Even though there was no consensus on the type(s) of guides needed besides objectives, 70.1 percent of the students wanted other guides in addition to objectives. Further research with a larger and more diverse student population is recommended. (The survey student questionnaire is included. Contains 30 references.) (MN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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