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ERIC Number: ED475690
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-Mar-31
Pages: 16
Abstractor: N/A
Analysis of Semiotic Principles in a Constructivist Learning Environment.
Williams, Paul
To advance nuclear plant simulator training, the industry must focus on a more detailed and theoretical approach to conduct of this training. The use of semiotics is one method of refining the existing training and examining ways to diversify and blend it with new theoretical methods. Semiotics is the study of signs and how humans interpret them. In instructor semiotic analysis, the two most critical areas to be examined are non-verbal feedback and verbal signs. Instructors must attempt to eliminate any non-verbal feedback, since at the moment of execution in the plant, that feedback will not be present. They must choose verbal signs carefully and characterize behavior based on facts with clear, concrete wording to elicit correct behavior. In student semiotic analysis, impact of visual and verbal signs on the student is explored. In instructional application to effectively take advantage of semiotics, one must alter one's thinking to push the bounds of one's own rationality. The goal as related to signs and processing is to produce a correct outcome based on the interpretations and understanding of these interactions. Consistency is required. Whether to train individually or in teams must be examined from the perspective of the end product. A constructivist learning environment provides consistency in operator performance during all operating conditions. (Contains 11 references) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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