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Factors Influencing the Effectiveness of Note Taking on Computer-Based Graphic Organizers

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Journal of Educational Computing Research Volume 37, Number 4, ISSN 0735-6331


Previous research on graphic organizer (GO) note taking has shown that this method is most effective when the GO is presented to the student partially complete with provided notes. This study extended prior research by investigating the effects of provided note type (summary vs. verbatim) and GO bite size (large vs. small) on the transfer performance and note taking behavior of college students working with a set of partially complete computer-based GOs. As hypothesized, a note-type by bite size interaction occurred on transfer performance. Large-bites GOs were optimal when containing summary notes, but not when containing verbatim notes. In contrast, small-bites GOs were optimal when containing verbatim notes, but not summary notes. Additionally, the type of notes provided to students affected the quality of their notes taken. The findings are explained from the perspective of cognitive load theory and the map shock hypothesis. (Contains 3 tables and 3 figures.)


Crooks, S.M., White, D.R. & Barnard, L. (2007). Factors Influencing the Effectiveness of Note Taking on Computer-Based Graphic Organizers. Journal of Educational Computing Research, 37(4), 369-391. Retrieved March 1, 2021 from .

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