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Factors Influencing Strategy Use In Inquiry Learning Tasks

Noppers, Joke (2011) Factors Influencing Strategy Use In Inquiry Learning Tasks.

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Abstract:This study investigated three factors that may be of influence on the type of investigative strategy learners use in an enquiry learning task. These factors are existing domain knowledge, goal orientation and systematic thinking. Learners with high domain knowledge were expected to employ a theory driven strategy. Learners with less domain knowledge were expected to use a data-driven strategy. Learners with a high ability in systematic thinking were expected to be more consistent in their strategy use than low-ability learners. The adoption of a Scientist or Engineering goal orientation is hypothesized to influence the adoption of a theory driven or data-driven strategy. Participants were 23 volunteers. Their domain knowledge, systematic thinking and goal orientation were measured by pen-and paper tests. Then they engaged in an enquiry learning task. Participants’ strategy use in this task was compared with their scores on the other factors. The results support the hypothesis about domain knowledge and strategy use. The two other hypotheses are not supported by the results. The results of this study and their implications are discussed
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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