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ERIC Number: EJ1143685
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0304-3797
Relationship of Prior Knowledge and Working Engineers' Learning Preferences: Implications for Designing Effective Instruction
Baukal, Charles E.; Ausburn, Lynna J.
European Journal of Engineering Education, v42 n3 p302-322 2017
Continuing engineering education (CEE) is important to ensure engineers maintain proficiency over the life of their careers. However, relatively few studies have examined designing effective training for working engineers. Research has indicated that both learner instructional preferences and prior knowledge can impact the learning process, but it has not established if these factors are interrelated. The study reported here considered relationships of prior knowledge and three aspects of learning preferences of working engineers at a manufacturing company: learning strategy choices, verbal-visual cognitive styles, and multimedia preferences. Prior knowledge was not found to be significantly related to engineers' learning preferences, indicating independence of effects of these variables on learning. The study also examined relationships of this finding to the Multimedia Cone of Abstraction and implications for its use as an instructional design tool for CEE.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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