ERIC Number: ED452084
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
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The Learner as Designer: Effects on Transfer of an Experimental Curriculum in Modeling.
van Dijk, I. M. A. W.; van Oers, B.; Terwel, J.
In most strategy research, the focus is on ready-made models provided by the teacher or a textbook. However, in this research project the effects are described of an experimental program in primary maths education, concerning the construction and use of models by pupils in guided co-construction. Learning how to construct models is said to enhance the occurrence of transfer. Therefore, pupils in the experimental condition were expected to show a larger amount of transfer of the learned material than pupils in the control condition. In a field experiment, in which 239 grade-5 pupils were involved, this hypothesis was tested. In a series of experimental lessons, pupils were taught to design models as a tool in the learning of percentages. The scores on the transfer test of pupils in the experimental condition were compared to the scores of their counterparts in the control group, which was based on the teachers' strategy of directly providing ready-made models to the pupils. The conclusion, then, is that children in the experimental condition significantly outperform children in the control condition in terms of transfer. (Contains 35 references.) (Author/ASK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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