ERIC Number: EJ796477
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Simulations with Elaborated Worked Example Modeling: Beneficial Effects on Schema Acquisition
Meier, Debra K.; Reinhard, Karl J.; Carter, David O.; Brooks, David W.
Journal of Science Education and Technology, v17 n3 p262-273 Jun 2008
Worked examples have been effective in enhancing learning outcomes, especially with novice learners. Most of this research has been conducted in laboratory settings. This study examined the impact of embedding elaborated worked example modeling in a computer simulation practice activity on learning achievement among 39 undergraduate students within a classroom environment. The students from one introductory forensic science course were randomly assigned to one of two groups that worked through computer-based simulations containing worked example modeling conditions presented in varied order. The computer software administered the modeled simulations, prior knowledge test, pretest, posttests, and a second domain test. Findings from this study suggest that embedded worked example modeling within practice simulations can be an effective method for transfer of learning with novice learners.
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Computer Simulation, Transfer of Training, Prior Learning, Computer Software, Computers, Classroom Environment, Technology, Science Curriculum, Pretests Posttests, Outcomes of Education, Crime, Learning Strategies
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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