ERIC Number: EJ802664
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Redesign of a Life Span Development Course Using Fink's Taxonomy
Fallahi, Carolyn R.
Teaching of Psychology, v35 n3 p169-175 Jul 2008
This study compared a traditional lecture-based life span development course to the same course redesigned using Fink's (2003) taxonomy of significant learning. The goals, activities, and feedback within the course corresponded to Fink's 6 taxa (knowledge, application, integration, human dimension, caring, learning how to learn). Undergraduates in both courses completed identical pretests and posttests that measured Fink's 6 taxa. Students in the redesigned course (N = 28) improved significantly in comparison with the traditional course (N = 54) in the domains of knowledge, application, integration, and human dimension. The findings demonstrate that Fink's taxonomy enables the design of a course based on goals as well as measurement of changes in domains of advanced learning.
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Learning Strategies, Classification, Academic Achievement, Undergraduate Students, Higher Education, Language Planning, Performance Based Assessment, Active Learning, Problem Based Learning, Likert Scales, Pretests Posttests, Lifelong Learning
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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