Accession Number : ADA192231

Title :   Inference and Discovery in an Exploratory Laboratory.

Descriptive Note : Technical rept. 1984-1987,

Corporate Author : PITTSBURGH UNIV PA LEARNING RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER

Personal Author(s) : Shute, Valerie ; Glaser, Robert ; Raghavan, Kalyani

PDF Url : ADA192231

Report Date : Feb 1988

Pagination or Media Count : 89

Abstract : This paper describes the results of a study done as part of a research program investigating the use of computer-based laboratories to support self-paced discovery learning in domains like microeconomics, electricity, and light refraction. Program objectives include maximizing the laboratories' effectiveness in helping students learn content knowledge, as well as identifying and coaching effective inference and discovery behaviors. This study with the microeconomics discovery laboratory demonstrates that computer-based laboratories can help students learn targeted concepts. In addition, the study identifies the inductive reasoning strategies used in the microeconomics discovery world by first-year university students, and compares the strategies of more and less successful learners. Keywords: Discovery learning, Individual differences, Induction, Intelligent tutoring systems, Problem solving, Science concepts.

Descriptors :   *COMPUTER APPLICATIONS, *LEARNING, *TEACHING METHODS, ELECTRICITY, LABORATORIES, LIGHT, PROBLEM SOLVING, REFRACTION, STUDENTS, UNIVERSITIES

Subject Categories : Psychology
      Computer Programming and Software

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE