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ERIC Number: EJ895467
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 36
ISSN: ISSN-1449-5554
Instructional Advice, Time Advice and Learning Questions in Computer Simulations
Rey, Gunter Daniel
Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, v26 n5 p675-689 2010
Undergraduate students (N = 97) used an introductory text and a computer simulation to learn fundamental concepts about statistical analyses (e.g., analysis of variance, regression analysis and General Linear Model). Each learner was randomly assigned to one cell of a 2 (with or without instructional advice) x 2 (with or without time advice) x 2 (with or without learning questions) between subjects factorial design. Time spent with the simulation as well as retention and transfer tests were used as dependent measures. Neither the instructional advice to examine the different parameters in a simulation systematically presented immediately before the simulation nor the learning questions (without feedback) presented during the simulation improves learners' retention or transfer performances. Students who were asked to employ more time on the computer simulation immediately before they want to finish it spent considerably more time with the simulation and performed better on retention, but not on transfer than did students for whom this request was absent. The results were discussed on the basis of the extended "Scientific Discovery as Dual Search" model and in conjunction with adaptive computer simulations. (Contains 1 table and 1 figure.)
Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education. Ascilite Secretariat, P.O. Box 44, Figtree, NSW, Australia. Tel: +61-8-9367-1133; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Germany