A Path Analytic Study of the Effects of Alternative Pedagogies


  • Alvin C. Burns
  • Dan L. Sherrell


An experiment comparing the use of: written answers to discussion questions; group case analysis, experiential exercise; and microcomputer simulation is conducted. As hypothesized, no meaningful increases in learning occur for the more participative methods over the one-way approach. Significant gains in attitudes are found, however. The application of path analysis reveals causal linkages among attitude components for the various teaching methods. Also, the suggestion of negative moderator effects played by attitude on learning is revealed. The authors discuss two possible explanations for this finding.