Degree Type

Dissertation

Date of Award

1993

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy

Department

Curriculum and Instruction

First Advisor

John P. Wilson

Second Advisor

Gary Phye

Abstract

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.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31274/rtd-180813-9621

Publisher

Digital Repository @ Iowa State University, http://lib.dr.iastate.edu/

Copyright Owner

Lowell Lee Sneller

Language

en

Proquest ID

AAI9335024

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

96 pages

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