Relation of Student Characteristics to Learning of Basic Biochemistry Concepts from a Multimedia Goal-Based Scenario
American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting,
This study sought to answer the question, Do all students benefit equally from the use of a hypermedia Goal-Based Scenario (GBS)? GBS is a subcategory of anchored instruction. The correlation between the demographic variables and achievement and specific cognitive variables and achievement was explored using a lesson on DNA, and was tested on different populations using a multimedia GBS on a group of introductory biochemistry classes with a pre- and post-test content. The study used laboratory activities and simulations via a Web-based classroom management system (WebCT) on learning. This study demonstrates that GBS is equally effective for all students and may, therefore, be effective with students traditionally underserved by conventional methods of instruction without negative effects on the majority. This type of instruction is also determined to be clearly more beneficial to students possessing the formal reasoning skills necessary to investigate and develop hypotheses in scientific settings. The Purdue Visualization of Rotations Test (ROT), the Test of Logical Thinking (TOLT), and the Hidden Figures Test (HFT) were used as cognitive evaluations. (Contains 21 references.) (YDS)
Schoenfeld-Tacher, R., Persichitte, K.A. & Jones, L.L. (2000). Relation of Student Characteristics to Learning of Basic Biochemistry Concepts from a Multimedia Goal-Based Scenario. Presented at American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting 2000.