Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy
Curriculum and Instruction
John P. Wilson
The use of training models is suggested as an instructional tool facilitating understanding of abstract concepts as measured by transfer to problem solving settings. A three stage model was developed to mediate the transfer of attributes and structures from known concrete concepts to unknown abstract concepts. Student groups received computer based training followed by post-tests for factual retention, near transfer of model procedures (non-novel problems), and far transfer of model procedures (novel problems). Two test groups of university students received training using the developed training model and instruction using abstract statistical concepts. Two control groups received either model or statistical concept training but not both. Results indicate that the model training used did improve factual retention but not increase related near and far transfer in the statistical problem solving situation.
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Lowell Lee Sneller
Sneller, Lowell Lee, "Training for understanding: a model for mediating abstract statistical concepts " (1993). Retrospective Theses and Dissertations. 10275.