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ERIC Number: EJ947588
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Dec
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 105
ISSN: ISSN-1042-1629
Identifying Cross-Domain Distinguishing Features of Cognitive Structure
Ifenthaler, Dirk
Educational Technology Research and Development, v59 n6 p817-840 Dec 2011
Our research aims to identify domain-specific similarities and differences of externalized cognitive structures. Cognitive structure, also known as knowledge structure or structural knowledge, is conceived as the manner in which an individual organizes the relationships of concepts in memory. By diagnosing these structures precisely, even partially, the educator comes closer to influencing them through instructional settings and materials. Our assessment and analysis of cognitive structures is realized within the HIMATT tool, which automatically generates four quantitative indicators for the structural entities of written text or causal maps. In our study, participants worked on the subject domains biology, history, and mathematics. Results clearly indicate different structural and semantic features across the three subject domains. Additionally, we found that written texts and causal maps seem to represent different structure and content across the three subject domains when compared to an expert's representation. We conclude with a general discussion, instructional implications and suggestions for future research. (Contains 2 figures and 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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