Study Skills Package: Development and Evaluation
MCDONNELL DOUGLAS ASTRONAUTICS CO ST LOUIS MO
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Materials contained within this report are designed to diagnose and remedy student study skill deficiencies in the areas of a reading comprehension, b memorization, c test talking, and d concentration management skills. The study skills materials were separately packaged to allow partial or total remediation in the four areas, as required, and each package incorporated concepts of active student involvement in the material to be learned e.g., mnemonic techniques, behavioral self-control strategies. In addition, materials and procedures used in an Instructor Orientation and Training Workshop are included. A package was designed to provide instructors using computer-managed instruction with basic diagnostic and tutorial skills required to assist in their effective use of the study skills materials and to help them transition into their new role as facilitator of student learning. Evaluation data from an implementation of the student and instructor skill training materials in the Air Force Advanced Instructional System suggest that consistent student training time reductions and performance gains can be obtained by the use of the study skills materials. The Study Skills Questionnaire was also found to be a reliable and valid measure of student skills in the four areas, and reliably discriminated students performing satisfactorily versus poorly in the Advanced Instructional System technical training environment. Furthermore, the Instructor Orientation and Training was found to assist in the efficient remediation of student study skill deficiencies and to contribute to improved instructor perceptions of their role in computer- managed instruction.
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