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ERIC Number: ED562303
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jul
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 25
Understanding Children's Museum Learning from Multimedia Instruction
Alwi, Asmidah; McKay, Elspeth
International Association for Development of the Information Society, Paper presented at the International Association for Development of the Information Society (IADIS) International Conference on e-Learning (Prague, Czech Republic, Jul 23-26, 2013)
The use of multimedia instructions for online learning has become very common particularly with the advances of the Internet technology. Consequently museums around the world utilize such information and communications technology (ICT) tools in order to provide richer learning experiences for their visitors. This paper discusses a study that investigated the relationship between multimedia instructional formats with individual cognitive learning preferences in a museum learning environment. A total of 91 school children age between 10 to 12 years old were randomly assigned into treatment groups based on their cognitive learning ratio. We employed a pre-test post-test quasi experimental design to reveal that general performance of the children exposed to the physical museum exhibits is better than the online museum environment. Although single cognitive learning preferences were evaluated, our findings suggest that analytics perform better than the wholists when exposed to the physical exhibits; whilst the result is reversed for the online exhibits environment. Verbalisers were found to be better than visualisers in the physical museum context. Yet they were found to have slight differences when compared to visualisers in an online environment. Our findings on the combined cognitive styles (CCS) show that the analytics-visualisers' mean scores were different between physical and online exhibits, compared to the other three CCS. [For the full proceedings, see ED562127.]
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia