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Novices’ Reasoning Processes in a Psychological Modeling Task

Stellmacher, Otto (2009) Novices’ Reasoning Processes in a Psychological Modeling Task.

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Abstract:This study investigated novices’ reasoning processes during a psychological modeling task. Subjects of the experiment have been ten psychology novices. The task was to model of a psychological phenomenon, called ‘sentence verification’. Data was gathered by the think-aloud technique. The results show consistent matches of all participants. Based on quantity and quality, models were grouped in strong and weak models. The Man-Whitney-U test showed that the strong group spent significant more time on orientation than the weak group. These findings are concordant with former research on modeling. However, interventions by the experimenter were found in the weak group more often. No significant differences were found for the other categories. In conclusion it can be stated orientation is an important activity during scientific reasoning, with implications for practice. A better comprehension and quality of the models can be achieved by supporting novices in their orientation process of modeling tasks.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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