Master's Theses

Date of Award

Summer 1981

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)




Jack Kramer


The memory performance of four educable mentally retarded individuals was investigated using a multiple baseline across subjects design. Rehearsal training, meta-mnemonic theory from cognitive psychology, and self-instructional procedures from behavior modification research were synthesized into a training package designed to improve recall readiness skills among retarded adults. Following training, subjects took more time studying, recalled more idea units from the passages, and recalled more pictures on a free recall task. Subjects maintained the trained strategy at posttest on prose learning and generalized the strategy at posttest on a list recall task. The sample was small, adult, and institutionalized which limits the generalizations of the study to other settings (e.g., typical EMR classrooms). Discussion centered around the educational applications of this research in applied settings.


Copyright 1981 Bruce Stevens Pray


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