ERIC Number: EJ737855
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Apr
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Acquisition of Procedures: The Effects of Example Elaborations and Active Learning Exercises
Catrambone, Richard; Yuasa, Mashiho
Learning and Instruction, v16 n2 p139-153 Apr 2006
This study explored the effects of active learning and types of elaboration on procedure acquisition (writing database queries). Training materials emphasized elaborations of conditions for executing actions versus elaborations of the connection between conditions and actions. In the "active" conditions, participants performed structured exercises designed to encourage active processing. In the "passive" conditions, participants studied examples that contained instructional elaborations. Although excessive instructional information for more knowledgeable learners can hurt performance, our results indicate that condition-action elaborations improved procedural performance the most, in both the active and passive conditions. Active learning required longer training time but was offset by reduced test time.
Descriptors: Active Learning, Learning Processes, Teaching Methods, Programming, Computer Assisted Instruction, Educational Technology, Databases
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