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Title:  WWC Quick Review: Measuring the Effect of the Retrieval Practice Studying Technique
Description: The WWC quick review of "Retrieval Practice Produces More Learning than Elaborative Studying with Concept Mapping" examines a study on whether using the retrieval practice studying technique improved student learning of a science text more than study-once, repeated-study or concept mapping. The study compared outcomes for 80 undergraduates at Purdue University asked to read a 276-word passage and then randomly assigned to use one of the four studying techniques. The study found that students using the retrieval practice technique scored significantly higher than students using the study-once, repeated-study, or concept mapping technique. The average percent of correct test questions for each group was 67% for retrieval practice, 27% for study-once, 49% for repeated-study, and 45% for concept mapping. The WWC rated the research described in this report as meeting WWC evidence standards. The study’s design is equivalent to a well-implemented randomized control trial.
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Cover Date: June 2011
Web Release: June 28, 2011
Publication #: WWC QRRPST0611
Center/Program: WWC
Associated Centers: NCEE
Type of Product: Quick Review
Achievement (Student)
Mathematics/Science Education
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