ERIC Number: ED202703
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Cognitive Structure and Performance After Physics Instruction.
Gunstone, Richard F.
Two instructional programs with differing emphases on linking to existing knowledge and experience were used to present elementary dynamics to physics (N=67). Effects on aspects of cognitive structure and performance were investigated. Propositions elicited by a modified word-association technique were used to assess linking in cognitive structure between dynamics and existing knowledge. Performance differences were found between instructional groups for problems requiring the application of material learned to new situations. Path analyses indicated that this effect of instruction on performance was substantially mediated by the extent to which cognitive structure was linked to existing cognitive structure. (Author/JN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Cognitive Structures; Science Education Research
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Los Angeles, CA, April 13-17, 1981).