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ERIC Number: EJ850352
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 44
ISSN: ISSN-1324-0781
On Being Dependent or Independent in Computer Based Learning Environments
Handal, Boris; Herrington, Anthony
E-Journal of Instructional Science and Technology, v7 n2 2004
This paper critically examines the concepts of field dependent and field independent cognitive styles within the context of computer-based instruction. The literature suggests that hypermedia instructional environments are more likely to engage cognitively field independent learners. This active engagement may be the result of the non-structured and explorative nature of hypermedia environments, whereas field dependent learners prefer a more prescriptive and linear style of instruction. Following a review of both these learning style constructs and research studies associated with hypermedia environments, the paper provides a summary of implications together with potential avenues for future research.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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