Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Worked examples in teaching queries for searching academic databases
by Kickham-Samy, Mary, Ph.D., Old Dominion University, 2013, 96; 3571174
Abstract (Summary)

The worked-example effect, an application of cognitive load theory, is a well-supported method of instruction for well-structured problems (Chandler and Sweller, 1991; Cooper and Sweller, 1987; Sweller and Cooper, 1985; Tuovinen & Sweller, 1999; Ward and Sweller, 1990). One limitation is expertise-reversal effect, where advanced students perform less well when exposed to worked examples than when exposed to traditional problem solving (Kalyuga, Ayres, Chandler, & Sweller, 2003; Kalyuga, Chandler, & Sweller, 1998; Kalyuga, Chandler, Tuovinen, & Sweller, 2001). A possible alternative to the worked-example approach is the fading example, designed to transition intermediate students to solving well-structured problems without assistance (Renkl, Atkinson & Grobe, 2004). This study showed that studying worked examples was more effect than solving problems or completing fading examples when learning to form search queries for library databases, an ill-structured problem-solving environment. In addition, participants within the worked-example group with low, intermediate and high levels of domain-specific knowledge achieved parity. Within the traditional problem-solving group, those with low domain-specific knowledge performed less well than those with high domain-specific knowledge.

Keywords: cognitive load theory, worked-example effect, fading examples, expertise-reversal effect, information literacy.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Morrison, Gary, Adcock, Amy
School: Old Dominion University
School Location: United States -- Virginia
Source: DAI-A 74/10(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Library science, Instructional Design, Information science
Keywords: Academic databases, Cognitive load theory, Expertise-reversal effect, Fading-example effect, Ill-structured problem-solving, Information literacy, Queries, Worked example effect
Publication Number: 3571174
ISBN: 978-1-303-22829-2
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