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ERIC Number: EJ779364
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov
Pages: 4
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 8
ISSN: ISSN-0047-231X
Society for College Science Teachers: Revisiting the Cone of Learning--Is it a Reliable Way to Link Instruction Method with Knowledge Recall?
Lord, Thomas
Journal of College Science Teaching, v37 n2 p14-17 Nov 2007
In his article, Dale had constructed a tiered triangle to rank students' ability to recall information that had been taught six weeks earlier (Dale 1969). Dale had found that only 5% of the knowledge gained through lecture was remembered by students several weeks after it was heard. Dale's original tool for ranking student learning has evolved into a three-dimensional, sequentially-tiered triangle known as the cone of learning. The author put the cone of learning findings to the test with his nonscience majors using a simple, five-piece puzzle that, when correctly completed, would form a square. All of the instructional methods were tiers on the cone of learning and all had been documented in the science education literature read earlier. The outcome of the activity followed the one done by Dale several decades before. In both situations, the more active students were involved in the lesson, the more successful they were in learning the information. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A