ERIC Number: ED408328
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Feb
Incorporating Individual Learning Styles into Computer Assisted Environments for Instruction Basic Research and Statistical Concepts.
Packard, Abbot L.; And Others
The instructional design possibilities of a computer-assisted learning environment that would provide feedback to students in an introductory statistics class were studied. Cognitive styles that were thought to relate to mathematical or statistical processes were tested, including field independence and field dependence, locus of control, and holism and serialism. Participants were 102 graduate education students who were assigned to text-only, text and static graphic, and text and animated graphic presentation modes. The computer presentation included a pretest of statistical knowledge, the presentation of content information, and questions designed to determine the cognitive styles. Results suggest that text-only presentation was significantly different for students with various levels of field independence. No significant differences for presentation method were found based on locus of control and holism/serialism. There was gain in knowledge for all three modes of presentation, although sample sizes were very small. (Contains 24 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Eastern Educational Research Association (Hilton Head, SC, February 1997).