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ERIC Number: EJ854873
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 16
ISSN: ISSN-1527-9316
An Empirical Study of Personal Response Technology for Improving Attendance and Learning in a Large Class
Shapiro, Amy
Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, v9 n1 p13-26 Jan 2009
Student evaluations of a large General Psychology course indicate that students enjoy the class a great deal, yet attendance is low. An experiment was conducted to evaluate a personal response system as a solution. Attendance rose by 30% as compared to extra credit as an inducement, but was equivalent to offering pop quizzes. Performance on test items targeted by in-class questions rose by an average of 21% while control test questions rose by only 3%. The effect is seen in both factual and conceptual test items. Two theories that may explain the effect are discussed. (Contains 2 figures and 3 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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