The role of visual feedback in a concept mapping task

Grooten, L.C.G. (2015) The role of visual feedback in a concept mapping task.

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Abstract:The aim of this study was to investigate to what extent visual feedback positively affects the learning process and learning gains of students in a collaborative concept mapping task. In total thirty eight sixth grade students of a school in the east of the Netherlands participated. One experimental condition was developed in which children were provided with a concept map with a drawing at the background. The students in the control condition received a concept map with a neutral background. First the students had to work individually later they were instructed to work in predetermined dyads. The learning gains were investigated through scores on a pre-, mid- and posttest. The quality of the final concept map, the number of adjustments to the concept map and the quality of the dialogues of the dyads indicated the quality of the learning process. Results revealed a positive influence of visual feedback on the learning process and learning gains (partially) of students. Visual feedback fosters the learning process with regard to the quality of the final concept map and dialogues, however no effects were found for the number of adjustments to the concept map. Finally, positive effects were found with respect to the first part of the test (sentences), but no positive effects were found for the last part of the tests (open questions). Future research need to be conducted to explain in which manner visual feedback affects the collaboration of students. The present study already demonstrated that visual feedback has a positive influence. However it could not be explained, because no effects were found for categories of talk and - as noted above - the number of adjustments the students made to their concept maps. Teachers should be aware of the effectiveness of visual feedback to foster students’ learning outcomes and the learning process.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/66852
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