ERIC Number: EJ1020701
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jan
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 8
Security Blanket or Crutch? Crib Card Usage Depends on Students' Abilities
Burns, Kathleen C.
Teaching of Psychology, v41 n1 p66-68 Jan 2014
This study investigated whether students use crib cards as a security blanket or a crutch by asking students to tally the number of times they used them during exams in a statistics class. There was a negative correlation between the number of times students used their crib cards and exam performance. High-achieving students did not utilize their crib cards very much, and this did not appreciably change over the course of the semester, implying that they may be merely a security blanket. Moderate- and low-achieving students increased their crib card usage throughout the semester, suggesting support for the dependency hypothesis. This research indicates that student ability may be a key moderator for the crib card literature to consider.
Descriptors: Study Guides, Notetaking, Undergraduate Students, Statistics, College Mathematics, Tests, Student Behavior, Correlation, Scores, High Achievement, Low Achievement
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