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ERIC Number: ED086470
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Mar
Pages: 66
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The Use of Information Theory to Study Human Learning. Project on the Information Memory Model, University of Pittsburgh.
Moser, Gene W.
As the proceedings of a symposium held at the 1973 Annual Meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching, theoretical and experimental results from research in the use of information theory to study human learning are presented in this volume to reflect the efforts made at the University of Pittsburgh over the past four years. The information memory model in connection with various research schools is expositorily discussed, including the causal mechanistic and behavioristic approaches. A combination of the psychological and "artificial intelligence" theories and a quantitatively defined structure of the experiment information are the main concerns of the model as developed at Pittsburgh. Normal human behaviors are considered to be Markovian when treated as a sequence of subjects' behaviors in learning tasks. Experimental studies of nine of twenty principles underlying the development of the model are described in this volume, primarily on a nonparametric basis. Some of the topics covered are memory processes, information flow, intelligence and achievement measurements, task processing strategies, mental maturation, perceptive modalities, concrete and formal operations, and learning and cognition in sorting tasks. Four contributed papers are included to summarize the treatment techniques used. (CC)
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Note: Presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (46th, Detroit, Michigan, March 29, 1973)