ERIC Number: ED061531
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
Effects on Achievement of Possession of Behavioral Objectives and Training Concerning Their Use.
Morse, Jean A.; Tillman, Murray H.
Fifty-two college students, enrolled in an introductory psychology course, served as subjects for this study, the purposes of which were: (1) to determine whether supplying subjects with a list of behavioral objectives causes them to focus their learning efforts on the specified behaviors to the extent that attention to non-specified behaviors is reduced; and (2) to determine whether supplying subjects with training which stresses the nature of behaviorally-stated objectives enables more effectively. The entire experimental procedure, including materials used, is clearly elaborated. As hypothesized, the findings indicate that possession of objectives leads to higher performance on objectives-related test items than on non-objectives-related items. In addition, Ss given objectives were able to recall information not mentioned by objectives at least as well as Ss not given objectives. Finally, no support was given to the hypothesis that training in the nature of objectives enhances subsequent performance on the learning task. (TL)
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Authoring Institution: Georgia Univ., Athens.