ERIC Number: ED424234
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Publication Date: 1997-Mar
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The Five Families of Cognitive Learning: A Context in Which To Conduct Cognitive Demands Analyses of Innovative Technologies.
Klein, Davina C. D.; O'Neil, Harold F., Jr.; Dennis, Robert A.; Baker, Eva L.
A cognitive demands analysis of a learning technology, a term that includes the hardware and the computer software products that form learning environments, attempts to describe the types of cognitive learning expected of the individual by the technology. This paper explores the context of cognitive learning, suggesting five families of cognitive learning. These families are: (1) content understanding; (2) collaboration; (3) communication; (4) problem solving; and (5) metacognition. Three technologies are analyzed with reference to these types of learning. The first technology, Algebra Tutor, is an intelligent tutoring system to help students learn algebra skills. "Hands-On Universe" is an astronomical research environment for high school students. "Function Machines" is an application for a visual programming language designed for mathematics and science education. Analyses of the types of learning expected for each of these technologies have resulted in the development of a suite of performance tasks (an integrated simulation) that includes individual and collaborative concept mapping tasks, a problem-solving search task, an explanation task, and a metacognitive questionnaire. This assessment environment is integrated across grade levels and within content areas to blend real-world tasks with a project-based scenario that captures many types of cognitive learning. (Contains 1 table and 79 references.) (SLD)
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