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A Survey of Investigations on Study (Continued)

by Cecile White Flemming & Maxie N. Woodring - 1928

Few, indeed, have been the investigations to determine the efficiency of techniques of study. Recently, however, several experiments, scientifically controlled, have been conducted to determine the effectiveness of specific study techniques. Butterweck1 attempted to answer the following questions: "(1) Can we expect to improve the study habits of high school pupils by acquainting them with what constitutes good study habits? (2) Can we improve their study habits by subjecting them to practice in the elements which comprise a particular study situation? (3) Is the effect of these two methods different for pupils of different intelligence levels? (4) What effect will each of these methods have upon the pupils' success in school, if success is measured in terms of teachers' marks? (5) What effect, if measured in terms of ability to perform a specific task?" This study was undertaken at the Horace Mann School for Boys. Three equated groups of tenth grade pupils participated. Groups A and B met twice a week for 45 minutes. Group B was given a course in the best methods of studying, the material selected being taken from books on how to study. The directions and suggestions were related as closely as possible to the daily lesson assignments. Group A was given practice exercises in the elements of certain study situations. The control group, Group C, continued its usual method of preparing assignments.

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 29 Number 7, 1928, p. 605-617
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 5738, Date Accessed: 8/10/2020 1:26:03 AM

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