Date of Award


Degree Name

Specialist in Education



First Advisor

Dr. Galen J. Alessi

Second Advisor

Dr. Joetta Long

Third Advisor

Dr. Neil Kent

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


A field testing procedure was implemented using a programmed text with two high school introductory business classes. The text attempted to teach concepts related to the stockmarket. Pretest and post test measures were taken for each class. After the first class was used the text, the program was revised based upon post test data. The criterion for whether or not to revise a frame sequence teaching an objective was 11% of the students failing the post test item testing that objective. The revised program was used by the second class. Comparisons were made between post tests. Twenty-eight of a possible thirty-two test items met criterion on the second post test. The data suggest that the revised text taught more skills than the original text. Characteristic error patterns demonstrated on the post tests of the first group were not evident in the post tests of the second group.