MEASURING THE EFFECTS OF TEACHING ON LEARNING

Year: 1992

Author: Church, John

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

Abstract:
This paper extends the analysis in Church (1992b) to identify the main technical requirements which need to be met during attempts to measure the relative effects of different instructional procedures on learning. These include accurate records of the day-to-day learning rates of individual subjects, controlled experimental manipulation of instructional variables, and experimental designs which demonstrate the reliability of any changes which are observed in rate of learning. These requirements are almost never met by the between-groups designs which continue to be used in learning experiments. The case for within-subjects measures of the effects of teaching on learning is illustrated using a variety of student- administered teaching experiments.

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