ERIC Number: EJ1037126
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
An Evaluation of Preference for Mode of Instruction Following Variations in Response Effort
Romani, Patrick W.; McCoy, Thomasin E.; Wacker, David P.; Padilla-Dalmau, Yaniz C.
Journal of Behavioral Education, v23 n3 p313-325 Sep 2014
The current study evaluated preference for mode of instruction (i.e., visual or vocal) for four children diagnosed with a language-based learning disability. Each participant was an elementary student who was initially referred to a neuropsychology clinic specializing in learning disabilities. As a part of the evaluation, measures of each participant's academic skills were collected. Following the diagnostic evaluation, each participant was referred to a behavioral psychologist to participate in this two-experiment study. In Experiment 1, preference for mode of instruction was evaluated within a concurrent schedules design across increasing task difficulty. In Experiment 2, changes in preference for mode of instruction following increases in task amount were evaluated via a progressive ratio arrangement within a concurrent schedules design. Results from both experiments showed that preference for mode of instruction can change under high-effort conditions (i.e., task difficulty and task amount).
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Learning Modalities, Verbal Communication, Visual Aids, Learning Disabilities, Elementary School Students, Academic Ability, Difficulty Level, Environmental Influences, Responses, Student Attitudes
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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