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The Ability of the Inquiry Skills Test to Predict Students’ Performance on Hypothesis Generation

Kahmann, R. (2016) The Ability of the Inquiry Skills Test to Predict Students’ Performance on Hypothesis Generation.

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Abstract:The current study investigated to what extent the outcomes on a pre-test on domain knowledge and on the sub-test ‘Setting up Hypotheses’ of the Inquiry Skills Test (IST) can predict students’ performance on hypothesis generation within an online learning environment. Fifty-three students (13-16 years old, pre-university level) who worked with an online learning environment on buoyancy and Archimedes’ principle. The students’ interactions with the environment were logged and the logged data on the students’ hypotheses were analyzed. The results show that no significant relation could be found between neither the prior knowledge and performance on hypothesis generation nor on the outcome on the sub-test ‘Setting up Hypotheses’ of IST and the performance on hypothesis generation. Typical difficulties that students generally have with hypothesis generation, like choosing the appropriate variables and stating a testable hypothesis (de Jong, 2006; Njoo & de Jong, 1993), could also be indicated through the analyses on the data from the log files. The missing correlation between the sub-test ‘Setting up Hypotheses’ and the performance on hypothesis may be clarified by the fact that the named that the requirements of the learning environment are higher than the requirements of the sub-test ‘Setting up Hypotheses’.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology, 81 education, teaching
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/70603
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