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ERIC Number: EJ1015394
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Apr
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1303-6521
Effects of Segmented Animated Graphics among Students of Different Spatial Ability Levels: A Cognitive Load Perspective
Fong, Soon Fook
Turkish Online Journal of Educational Technology - TOJET, v12 n2 p89-96 Apr 2013
This study investigated the effects of segmented animated graphics utilized to facilitate learning of electrolysis of aqueous solution. A total of 171 Secondary Four chemistry students with two different spatial ability levels were randomly assigned to one of the experimental conditions: (a) text with multiple static graphics (MSG), (b) text with continuous animated graphics (CAG) and (c) text with segmented animated graphics (SAG). Analysis of ANCOVA was conducted by using students' pretest scores as a covariate. The results showed that the SAG is more effective than the CAG and the MSG for improving learning across all levels of spatial ability. Low spatial ability students using the SAG mode performed significantly better as compared to low spatial ability students using the CAG and the MSG mode. The SAG mode seemingly compensates for low spatial ability students' insufficient visualization skills and limited cognitive capacities by offering them an external representation which simplifies information processing and saves valuable cognitive capacities for essential cognitive tasks. (Contains 2 tables and 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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