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ERIC Number: EJ1116140
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jul
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1932-6246
Seeing Is as Good as Doing
Osman, Magda
Journal of Problem Solving, v2 n1 Article 3 p29-40 Jul 2008
Given the privileged status claimed for active learning in a variety of domains (visuomotor learning, causal induction, problem solving, education, skill learning), the present study examines whether action-based learning is a necessary, or a sufficient, means of acquiring the relevant skills needed to perform a task typically described as requiring active learning. To achieve this, the present study compares the effects of action-based and observation-based learning when controlling a complex dynamic task environment (N = 96). Both action- and observation-based individuals learn either by describing the changes in the environment in the form of a conditional statement, or not. The study reveals that for both active and observational learners, advantages in performance (p < 0.05), accuracy in knowledge of the task (p < 0.05), and self-insight (p < 0.05) are found when learning is based on inducing rules from the task environment. Moreover, the study provides evidence suggesting that, given task instructions that encourage rule-based knowledge, both active and observation-based learning can lead to high levels of problem solving skills in a complex dynamic environment.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (London)
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