Accession Number : AD0746452
Title : The Effects of the Availability of Objectives on Performance in a Computer-Managed Graduate Course.
Descriptive Note : Technical memo.,
Corporate Author : FLORIDA STATE UNIV TALLAHASSEE COMPUTER-ASSISTED INSTRUCTION CENTER
Personal Author(s) : Merrill,Paul F. ; Towle,Nelson J.
Report Date : 20 APR 1972
Pagination or Media Count : 16
Abstract : The effects of presenting objectives to students in a graduate computer-managed course were investigated. The 32 Ss who registered for the course on Techniques of Programmed Instruction were randomly assigned to an objective group and a no-objective group. The hypotheses, based on previous laboratory studies, that objectives would decrease test-item-response latency, increase study time, and facilitate performance on unit tests were not supported. Objectives did significantly reduce state anxiety; however, even that effect diminished as the course progressed. Apparently graduate students are able to 'psych' out a course very rapidly, and objectives have little effect. (Author)
Descriptors : (*TEACHING METHODS, *MOTIVATION), (*PROGRAMMED INSTRUCTION, PERFORMANCE(HUMAN)), ANXIETY, STUDENTS
Subject Categories : Humanities and History
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE