AV communication review

, Volume 23, Issue 2, pp 227–241 | Cite as

An overview of problems encountered in aptitude-treatment interaction (ATI) research for instruction

  • Karen Rosenkrantz Shapiro


Mindful of the problems encountered in ATI research and the political, economic, and technological context within which future work will be undertaken, we suggest a more deliberate path than has been pursued in the past. A concerted effort by ATI researchers which focuses on a few tasks rather than on the whole matrix is more likely to demonstrate whether this research has a significant contribution to make to instructional practices.

Drawing researchers together will encourage content and concept validation and conformity to methodological standards. The inclusion of individuals with diverse backgrounds and expertise will facilitate comparisons within and across treatments while maintaining aptitudes and tasks across researchers. The participation of practitioners can be increased as access to computer terminals in libraries and schools becomes more widespread.

If the trend toward the individualization of instruction for the student is to continue, it may be necessary for researchers to surrender a fraction of their own individuality to the team effort.


Cognitive Style Mental Ability Instructional Treatment Instructional Task General Mental Ability 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Karen Rosenkrantz Shapiro
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  1. 1.Institute for Communication Research at Stanford University

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