ERIC Number: ED373764
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
The Use of Humor in a CBI Science Lesson To Enhance Retention.
Snetsinger, Wendy; Grabowski, Barbara
This research experiment studied the effect of humor versus non-humor on learning and retention of a computer-based instructional (CBI) lesson on tick identification. The experiment also surveyed the subjects' enjoyment of the lesson material, their personal experiences with ticks, and their concerns about ticks and tick-borne diseases. Undergraduate students from a statistics class (N=115) were randomly assigned to one of two treatment groups or the control group. The subjects were given a delayed post test one week after the treatment. The control group received the test only. The results indicated no significant difference between treatment groups in terms of learning and retention or in terms of enjoyment. However, the humor group was significantly more worried about ticks than the non-humor group Implications of these results are discussed. (Contains 30 references.) (Author/JLB)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Higher Education, Humor, Intermode Differences, Learning Motivation, Learning Processes, Learning Strategies, Learning Theories, Motivation Techniques, Perception, Pretests Posttests, Retention (Psychology), Student Attitudes, Student Motivation, Undergraduate Students
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Proceedings of Selected Research and Development Presentations at the 1994 National Convention of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology Sponsored by the Research and Theory Division (16th, Nashville, TN, February 16-20, 1994); see IR 016 784.