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ERIC Number: ED082477
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973
Pages: 14
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Information Processing Theory and Conceptual Development.
Schroder, H. M.
An educational program based upon information processing theory has been developed at Southern Illinois University. The integrating theme was the development of conceptual ability for coping with social and personal problems. It utilized student information search and concept formation as foundations for discussion and judgment and was organized to permit interdisciplinary efforts, provided that a common set of problems was selected which allowed students to use the knowledge, concepts, and procedures of the participating disciplines. The first implementation of the program was in the Management Problem Laboratory (MPL). A group of 80 junior year business majors taking core courses in management, computer programing, economics, marketing, statistics, accounting, and finance focused on a selected topic. They conducted information searches, formulated multiple hypotheses, and developed reports. Evaluation indicated that such students were equal to a matched group of students in the regular program in the acquisition of knowledge, even though student-instructor contact was reduced 50%; the experimental group also showed a significantly greater increase in conceptual ability and motivation. (Author)
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Authoring Institution: Southern Illinois Univ., Carbondale.