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Scholars Day 2006, Wednesday, April 12

An Experimental Evaluation of the Order of Lecture and Application

This ongoing study examines the effects of order of instructional materials on learning. Specifically, it investigates whether “Simulations in Developmental Disabilities: SIDD” software should be presented before or after a lecture on the topic of functional assessment. SIDD is simulation software that provides students with practice applying functional assessment procedures to clients with severe problem behavior. Eleven students in a Development Disabilities course were randomly assigned to lecture then SIDD versus SIDD then lecture conditions. Test scores and preferences in learning approach were analyzed and compared between conditions and suggest that students learned more about functional assessment by using the application: Simulation in Developmental Disabilities (SIDD) rather than sitting in on the lecture.

Presenter: Andrea Rodriguez (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Psychology
Location: 211 Holmes
Time: 2:50 pm (Session IV)