ERIC Number: ED298002
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Inference and Discovery in an Exploratory Laboratory. Technical Report No. 10.
Shute, Valerie; And Others
This paper describes the results of a study done as part of a research program investigating the use of computer-based laboratories to support self-paced discovery learning in related to microeconomics, electricity, and light refraction. Program objectives include maximizing the laboratories' effectiveness in helping students learn content knowledge, as well as identifying and coaching effective inference and discovery behaviors. This study, using the microeconomics discovery laboratory, demonstrates that computer-based laboratories can help students learn targeted concepts. In addition, the study identifies inductive reasoning strategies used in the microeconomics discovery program by first-year university students, and compares the strategies of more and less successful learners. Included are 34 references, 15 figures including examples of screen displays from the "Smithtown" tutoring system, and tables giving summary statistics, subjects' scores, and an outline of learning indicators. (Author/CW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Pittsburgh Univ., PA. Learning Research and Development Center.