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Carroll’s Model of School Learning

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Conceptual model of school learning

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Carroll’s model of school learning specifies the distinctive roles of generalized abilities and task-specific aptitudes in determining the effects of instruction on learning. The degree of learning effectiveness is defined as a function of the time needed for learning and the time actually spent for learning. Both variables, in turn, are dependent on other internal and external variables, such as the learner’s general intelligence and the quality of instruction.

Theoretical Background

In the 1960s, Carroll developed a conceptual model of school learning in which the factor time plays a central role (Carroll 1963). In this model, the achievement of a student or the degree of learning effectiveness is defined as a function of the actual time needed for learning and the time actually spent for learning. The effect of both variables on the degree of learning effectiveness has been expressed in a functional equation:

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Seel, N.M. (2012). Carroll’s Model of School Learning. In: Seel, N.M. (eds) Encyclopedia of the Sciences of Learning. Springer, Boston, MA. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-1428-6_980

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