Volume 37, Issue 3 (2008)
Theoretical and Applied Implications of Precisely Measuring Learning Rates
Christopher H. Skinner
Nist and Joseph (2008) have confirmed earlier research showing that adding and interspersing a large number of time-consuming learning trials targeting known items (e.g., incremental rehearsal [IR] or interspersal) retards student learning rates (Cates et al., 2003 Joseph & Nist, 2006; Schmidgall & Joseph, 2007). In addition, their current study has confirmed earlier research that adding and interspersing known items can improve the quality of learning trials, or the amount learned per unknown-word trials (Burns, Dean, & Foley, 2004; MacQuarrie-Klender, Tucker, Burns, & Hartman, 2002).
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