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Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


Abraham S. Fischler College of Education


Scherrine Davenport

Committee Member

Linda A. Simunek

Committee Member

Mary A. Lowe


community colleges, educational leadership, higher education, higher education administration, instructional effectiveness, quarter-length system, semester-length system, spacing effect


Evaluating the Spacing Effect Theory on the Instructional Effectiveness of Semester-Length versus Quarter-Length Introductory Computer Literacy Courses in Institutions of Higher Learning. Emelda S. Ntinglet-Davis 2013: Applied Dissertation, Nova Southeastern University, Abraham S. Fischler School of Education and Human Services. ERIC Descriptors: Community College, Spacing effect, Retention, Scheduling, Education, Instructional effectiveness, Intensive format, Quarter-length format, Semester format.

This mixed research study evaluated the spacing effect theory on the academic performances of students enrolled in introductory level Computer Literacy courses by comparing course grades and mock IC3 certification exam scores in semester-length and quarter-length courses at Prince Georges Community College. The study was ingrained on the spacing effect theory which posits that mammals will tend to recall material learned over time (spaced presentation) than material concepts learned over shorter periods (massed presentation).

A t test analysis revealed that students in the quarter-length formats had significantly higher grades than those in the semester format but presented no significant difference on their mock IC3 scores. A Pearson correlation conducted also revealed no significant relationship among students' course grades and their mock IC3 scores overall or by format (semester vs. intensive).

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