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ERIC Number: ED131867
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
The Effects of Interactive Graphics Analogies on Recall of Concepts in Science. Technical Report No. 79, 1 January 1976- 1 December 1976.
Rigney, Joseph W.; Lutz, Kathy A.
To study the effects of learner generated imagery on the learning of science material a series of three experiments were conducted. Interactive graphics using the plasma panel, a touch panel interface of the PLATO system, were used to simulate the topography and functions of a battery to teach elementary concepts in electrochemistry. Following a period of initial instruction, subjects either used the plasma panel to reconstruct their image of the battery, received verbal descriptions of the topography and functions to guide the creation of mental images of the battery's topography and functions, or played checkers. Interactive graphics were rated by students as the more interesting way to present information in science. When corrected for the effects of prior knowledge, mean scores on content tests were significantly higher for the interactive graphics group. The graphics were most effective during initial acquisition. Requiring students to reconstruct the graphic simulations after the initial lesson contributed less to verbal posttest performance. (KB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Naval Research, Arlington, VA. Personnel and Training Research Programs Office.
Authoring Institution: University of Southern California, Los Angeles. Behavioral Technology Labs.