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