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Type of Document Dissertation
Author Dunaway, Deborah L.
Author's Email Address ddunawa7@bellsouth.net
URN etd-0911101-173205
Title The Role of Experience and Active Learning in Web-Based Training for Applying Knowledge
Degree Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Department Psychology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Robert C. Mathews Committee Chair
James H. Wandersee Committee Member
Jason L. Hicks Committee Member
John Northup Committee Member
Andrea L. Houston Dean's Representative
  • transfer of knowledge
  • teaching for transfer
  • schema training
  • training for transfer
  • preserving and communicating effective knowledge
  • real-world problem-solving
  • problem-solving method
  • organizational mnemonic
  • toolbox format
  • analogical reasoning
  • schema induction
  • research websites
Date of Defense 2001-08-22
Availability unrestricted
The purpose of this study was to test a new method for presenting information on the internet in a format that enhances adaptive learning and transfer to real-world applications. This web-based training method, called Cognitive Toolboxes (Mathews, 2001) involves analyzing course content into goal-based categories (toolboxes) linked to sets of knowledge facets (tools) and applications (cases). Three experiments examined the effects of internet access to different aspects of toolbox content (tools, toolbox names and cases) on subsequent application of the material to real-world problems. Results show that access to the organizational aspects of the method (tools organized into toolboxes) facilitated transfer for class members. Upper level undergraduate students not enrolled in the course demonstrated high levels of far transfer only when they were exposed to all of the cognitive toolbox contents (tools, toolbox names and cases) and were required to apply the material to solve their own personal problems. Memory of the knowledge facets (tools) was equivalent whether students developed their own organizational scheme or used the one provided by the course instructor (toolbox names).
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