ERIC Number: ED260900
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Apr
Xenograde, the Imaginary Science: A Researcher's Utility.
Lowery, Bennie R.
A "Xenograde system" is an imaginary science system. As an imaginary science, it contains a set of concepts and principles which mimic many of the concepts and principles found in physics and other physical sciences. Xenograde is a highly complex closed system which simulates the movement of satellites orbiting a nucleus and some small particles called alphons contained inside the nucleus. The alphons and satellites follow a set of rules and "pseudoscientific" principles. The Xenograde rules themselves have no foundation in real-world science, but operate in much the same manner as real scientific principles; they are mathematically based, consistent, and predictable. The Xenograde system is complex enough to force students attempting to learn the system to use several different learning strategies. In addition, it provides a relatively content free or at least equalizing test bed for empirical research. Xenograde systems have been delivered by teachers with books, computer-controlled teacher machines, and computers in an effort to test instructional principles, cognitive abilities, cognitive styles, feedback, learner control, and rule-example versus discovery learning. (JN)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (69th, Chicago, IL, March 31-April 4, 1985).