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ERIC Number: ED455763
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Oct
Pages: 9
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How To Develop Cognitive Flexibility in a WWW Course.
Carvalho, Ana Amelia Amorim
Cognitive flexibility is indispensable for applying knowledge to new situations. The development of this ability depends on certain conditions such as the attainment of a deep comprehension of the subject matter and the exposure to different knowledge representations. This paper focuses on these conditions and describes a study designed to foster the development of cognitive flexibility in a World Wide Web course. The Web-based literary studies course was developed to support the study of a novel, "Cousin Basilio," that describes the social life in Lisbon in the 19th century. In the Web course developed, "Cousin Basilio: Multiple Thematic Criss Crossings," nine themes were identified for approaching the novel. The novel has 16 chapters that were grouped to constitute the cases. Each case was divided into small parts, or mini-cases. Then relevant themes to each mini-case were identified and thematic commentaries were written. After the selection of a theme (or a combination of themes), thematic criss-crossing guides the user through a sequence of mini-cases and thematic commentaries to which the selected theme applies. This study evaluates how much the course structure contributes to the development of cognitive flexibility. Participants were 28 third-year undergraduate students enrolled in Portuguese Literature, 3 males and 25 females ranging from 19 to 27 years old. Results provide evidence on effectiveness of the deconstruction process to develop cognitive flexibility. (Contains 11 references.) (AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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