Accession Number : ADA130386

Title :   Effects of Behavioral Objectives and Instructions on Learning a Category Task.

Descriptive Note : Special rept. for FY82,

Corporate Author : NAVY PERSONNEL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER SAN DIEGO CA

Personal Author(s) : Konoske,Paula J ; Ellis,John A

PDF Url : ADA130386

Report Date : May 1983

Pagination or Media Count : 14

Abstract : This study compares the effects of behavioral objectives and explicit instructions on learning a category task. Subjects were assigned to one of four groups: a read-only control group, a standard Navy behavioral objective group, a revised behavioral objective group, and an instructions group. Results of a recall test and a classification test showed a significant difference in group performance. The data indicated that giving students instructions or behavioral objectives that have been revised so that they are clear to the student facilitates recall and classification performance more than giving nonspecific behavioral objectives. The instructional implications are that students should be given explicit instructions or behavioral objectives that use familiar terminology and consist of specific information about the nature of the testing situation when learning from text. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Learning, *Reading, *Performance(Human), *Naval personnel, Test and evaluation, Behavior, Perception(Psychology), Instructions, Instructional materials, Group dynamics, Individualized training

Subject Categories : Humanities and History
      Psychology
      Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE