ERIC Number: ED210316
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Effect of Different Instructional Methods on Error Types and the Underlying Dimensionality of the Test, Part I.
Birenbaum, Menucha; Tatsuoka, Kikumi K.
Error analysis performed on data sets revealed that seventh grade students used a variety of rules of operation for solving the signed-number arithmetic problems. The data sets were obtained from an experimental study in which students were randomly assigned to study either of two lessons written on a computer based education system. The two lessons used different conceptual frameworks. The verbal Postman Stories and the Number Line method. This paper deals with the early stages of learning in which the students applied different rules of operation. These systematic sources of variation in the data resulted in increased dimensionality. Moreover, the variety of algorithms (rules of operation) used by the students in both treatment groups supported the assertion that the two instructional methods were at least partially responsible for individual differences in information processing. (Author/DWH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Naval Research, Arlington, VA. Personnel and Training Research Programs Office.
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana. Computer-Based Education Research Lab.